There is nothing more relaxing and peaceful than surrounding yourself in nature and enjoying the sensory experience such a tranquil activity provides. An important aspect of enjoyment in terms of your daily life and motivation to get out of bed each day is what you see, with your eyesight arguably being the most important of the five senses.
Naturally, you will want to do everything you can to protect your eyesight and this article outlines four foodstuffs that will help you do that.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are a few of the best vegetables you could add to your shopping cart to maintain high levels of physical health and well-being.
Specifically, leafy greens such as these contain high levels of a particular type of antioxidant called carotenoids, which scientific researchers believe can greatly reduce age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the most frequent cause of serious vision loss in people over the age of fifty-five, so the sooner you start taking your eye health seriously the better.
Salmon and other oily fish contain generous amounts of omega-3 healthy fats, which help preserve the retina and combat dry eyes. Unfortunately, a natural decline in eyesight is part and parcel of getting older, and if your mother and father wear glasses, you will probably wear them too, if you are not already. If you cannot abide wearing glasses and cannot seem to find a style and frame that suits your face and makes you feel confident, then you should consider eminent LASIK eye surgery at a reputable and renowned clinic. However, once you have this surgery, you must still do what you can to protect your eyesight, and fish is one of the best foods you can eat.
Other health benefits of consuming more oily fish include the following:
Lowering the risk of stroke and heart attacks
A natural aid for boosting mental health
Reducing the risk of developing autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes
Although higher in calories than the other ‘superfoods’ on the list, almonds are incredibly beneficial for your eye health, mainly due to the rich content of vitamin E.
Like other seeds and nuts, one serving of almonds (approximately one-quarter of a cup) provides around half the quantity of vitamin E you need daily. Affordable and delicious, almonds can be consumed with breakfast cereal, in a fresh salad, over yogurt and fruit, or even eaten as a snack, and are a great way to enjoy your food and look after your eyes at the same time.
One of the most affordable food is one that is also widely available and can be used to create a wide variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and that is the humble egg.
In particular, the yolk of an egg contains vital ingredients to preserve eyesight, including zinc, vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Zinc improves your ability to see objects and people more clearly in the dark, while zeaxanthin and lutein reduce the chance of experiencing macular degeneration when you are older and vitamin A protects the eye’s surface (the cornea).