I’m back! I couldn’t stay away for long. Not when talking about delicious food was on the agenda. Just a little recap. The last post talked about blue light and why that is cause for concern when it comes to our eyes. We started talking about ways to support optimal eye health. Let’s get right back to it.
3. Let’s go shopping. You in? Since diving into eye health a little more, I realized eye health friendly foods extend beyond carrots. The only way to obtain these antioxidants is through your diet. I took some time to investigate what I need so the next time I am at the store, I know what to buy! a. Citrusy Fruits like mangoes, grapefruits and oranges! Oh, and berries too! They are packed full of Vitamin C. b. Leafy Greens—shout out to kale, spinach and collard greens! Since we are talking about green, don’t forget the broccoli. These guys are rich in antioxidants. c. Protein—salmon, shrimp and egg yolks! A side note about salmon---It’s full of Omega-3s. It’s a powerful antioxidant, even more so than vitamin A when it comes to destroying free radicals (1). d. Look for bright orange colors. It comes from the pigment beta-carotene that your body will convert to vitamin A. Another idea is sweet potatoes and squash!
4. Think twice before smoking Smoking increases your chances of getting cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is another medical term that doesn’t mean a ton to the average person. Let’s break it down. Basically, this causes vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness later in life (2). Get the bad chemicals out of your system and think about ways to quit smoking (3).
5. Wear sunglasses The ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause damage to the eyes over time. No better time than the present to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses. Look for glasses that protect against 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays (3).
And that’s a wrap! You’ve worked hard learning about eye health. You deserve a smoothie packed full of nutrients to support your eyes.
Here is a recipe just for you, featuring the smoothie image above!
Barlean's Eye Remedy Smoothie:
¾ c coconut milk ¾ c Greek yogurt Small handful of berries 1 c ice ¼ c carrots ¼ c mangoes