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Nutrition and Eye Health

By maintaining healthy diets and proper nutrition, one can potentially ensure their eyesight will remain strong and healthy for many years. Studies suggest that one fourth of all our nutrition is used to support our visual system. Since our eyes are composed of nerves, blood vessels, and constantly coordinate with parts of the brain to help obtain and interpret images that we see everyday, therefore ensuring our day is filled with vitamins and nutrients are vital in our health. Plus, the right nutrition can prevent the risk of eye conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma. Even dry eye syndrome or allergies are reduced through good eating.

A balanced diet is essential in maintaining proper nutrition, such as eating whole foods, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts, as well making sure that you get enough protein in your day. The body naturally absorbs nutrients from eating whole foods, and those foods play an essential role in our body's health as well as our eyes. Eating sweets, salty foods, or junk food, in general, should be limited, since the body loses chromium and B vitamins as the body attempts to process the white sugar. Medications, preservatives, or caffeine also deplete vitamins and minerals that come in healthy food, and you should consult your nutritionist or doctor what works best for you.

There are certain foods that are better than others, and most health experts recommend green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, or brussel sprouts. In fact, dark berries like blueberries are blackberries protect against serious illnesses like macular degeneration, which is a very serious eye condition that is the leading cause for blindness or extreme vision loss in people over the age of 60. If you love fish like salmon or tuna, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have proven to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the eye which protects against diabetic retinopathy. Not to mention, keeping control of your blood sugar is another important aspect of the nutrition. Wheat grass has also shown to help your immune system and reduce the chances of developing diseases that affect the eyes.

Although we end up relying on multi-vitamins as an easy ticket for our nutrition, it's better to try to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables every day. So, at least stick to one fruit or vegetable smoothie because a smoothie can be an immense benefit to your health. Also, smoothies make it easier to get your greens in versus making a salad, which some of us find hard to make or enjoy. Lastly, eating a liquid form of food is easier for your body to absorb without needing to break the food down.