One major contributor to eye trouble is a poor diet, specifically the denatured, chemical and preservative laden foods that most Americans consume daily. A deficiency of just one vitamin can lead to various eye problems. We have all experienced eye problems at one time or another, tired eyes, bloodshot eyes, dry or irritated eyes, itchy, sensitive to light, watery to name a few. While some eye disorders such as nearsightedness or cataracts for example are localized, some eye disturbances can be symptom of disease elsewhere in the body. Watery eyes for example can be a symptom of the common cold; a thyroid problem can be indicated by protruding or bulging eyes that are red, swollen and or watery may indicate an allergy. Supplementation with the correct vitamins and minerals can help and prevent eye trouble and can also protect against the formation of free radicals, which can damage your eyes.
Like all other parts of the body, the eyes need to be nourished properly. In addition to making sure that the eyes are not strained by too much intense close work or inadequate lighting, proper eye care should include a healthy diet containing sufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals. In order to promote good eye sight you must be sure to include plenty of the B vitamins; like vitamin A, C and E and the minerals selenium and zinc. Fresh vegetables and fruit are excellent sources of these substances so include plenty of these in your diet, especially yellow and yellow orange foods such as carrots, yarns and cantaloupes. Broccoli, raw cabbage, cauliflower, green vegetables squash and watercress are also some of the food products that can help your eyes. Also drink plenty of carrot juice and eliminate drinks heavy in sugar and cut down on your white flour products. If you wear glasses, keep them clean as much as possible and buy only the ones that can keep ultraviolet rays out. Avoid wearing tinted eye glassed for this purpose, especially on a regular basis as dark glasses prevent needed light from entering our eyes. The functioning of the pineal gland, which plays an important role in the regulation of your metabolism, behavior, and physiological functions, is largely governed by sunlight.
Be careful when using drugs, whether prescription or over the counter. Some have been known to cause eye problems, specifically to the optic nerve, retina, or other vital part of the eye. Good eye sight can play an important role in your life so it is important to follow these basic steps to keep your eyes seeing clearly.
- Protect your eyes from overexposure to the sun.
- Wear protective eyewear for sporting and work
- Visit your eye doctor
- Eat healthy foods
- Get plenty of rest