There is an old adage “your eyes are the window to your soul”. But they are also the window into your body’s health. Your eye health, the coloring of your iris, and dots in the coloring can give away a lot about your general health.
For the physical body, the eyes are the way that people first observe their surroundings. Our eyes assist us in keeping balance, and they make reading, writing, and a host of activities much easier. If you want to maintain your eye health well into your 80s – or even 90s – try out the basic tenets of the healthy eyes diet.
The basic “healthy eyes diet” consists of what it common sense to eat anyway. Fruits and vegetables in all colors of the rainbow offer what you will need to keep your eyes in good shape. Eating as alkalizing as possible benefits your eye health and keeps your body working well, too.
Eye Health – Beta Carotene & Vitamin A
Here we go – carrots!
Beta carotene is probably the most well-known “eye health” mineral although few people know what it does. Beta carotene converts in the body into Vitamin A, which is the vitamin most responsible for protecting the eyes.
Carrots contain the most beta carotene in the vegetable kingdom by far, but other orange and pink veggies and fruits contain beta carotene as well. This includes a variety of squash, sweet potatoes, melon, and mangoes. Don’t forget that pumpkins are a versatile type of squash to maintain eye health!
Lutein’s Role in Eye Health
Lutein is a carotenoid, which means that it is a micro-mineral responsible for helping to protect against macular degeneration, a form of gradual blindness. Dark, leafy greens are chock full of lutein.
If you cannot stand to eat spinach or kale on their own or in salads, try adding them in smoothies, egg scrambles, or casseroles to get more leafy greens into the diet. Lutein also is present in large amounts in tomatoes and red peppers, as well as the aforementioned squash varieties and carrots.
The best way to get it in is juicing. Juicing does wonders for your eye health because you get everything we talk about here in concentrated form.
Eye Health – Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s are a must in your diet daily!
Not just for your eye health, but for your skin, your energy, your brain, and to keep your nerves calm. It’ll help to maintain the moisture that is important to eye health.
I used to advocate fish to get your omega-3’s, but I don’t anymore. Fish is farmed and a lot of nastiness comes in. Farmed salmon is only pink because they feed them a petro-chemical coloring agent. Otherwise it’d be grey.
So if your salmon doesn’t say “wild caught”, it’s farmed. Most salmon is, so stay away.
The same goes for fish oil. That’s the leftovers of fish processing squeezed out. In those fat cells is where the nastiness ends up, so stay away.
Also Krill oil is great for your eye health, but not great for the environment. It’s a finite resource. Humans manages to fish 85% of the fishes in the ocean, so we’ll also finish off the Krill, if we don’t watch out.
Eye Health – The Omega 3 Solution
So the best for your eye health and the environment are good oils like organic flaxseed oil, organic avocado oil, or Udo’s oil you can find on our website here and in health shops. That’s a fantastic oil we use in our family every day.
For eye health and brain development of our kids we use the version with vegetarian sources for DHA, the superman of all fatty acids.
So don’t just care about your eye health, also consider your environment.
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