How well you eat affects how well you see. When it comes to your eye health, food and nutrition play a pivotal role in illness prevention and maintaining your eyesight as you age.
Some diseases progress slowly and subtly, and if you aren’t careful, your vision could be affected. We have to watch what we eat and how long we spend staring at our screens-whether it’s for work or to unwind. Neglecting to get proper rest can also have a negative impact on our well-being, but by following a holistic regimen that includes nutrition, exercise, and limited exposure to digital screens, we can keep our vision healthy.
Filtering Blue Light
Most of us spend hours every day in front of screens. These devices emit blue light, which has adverse effects on our health. Exposure to blue light before sleep can disrupt your sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm, leading to depression, weight gain, and heart disease. Limiting the time we spend in front of our devices can protect us from eye strain, dryness, and blurry vision. There is a direct link between spending less time in front of screens and improved physical and mental health.
How to strengthen your eyesight naturally by retraining your brain
Certain yoga exercises can help restore, calm, and reduce the stress on your eyes. Here are some moves that will leave your eyes feeling better.
- Palming : rub your hands together, place them over your eyes with your fingertips resting on your forehead and slightly cup your hands, so you are not putting pressure directly on your eyes. Close your eyes tightly and breathe deeply for a few seconds. Enjoy the warmth from your hands and the dark, calming feeling.
- Eye-rolling : Start with a straight spine and aligned neck. Relax your breathing and face muscles. Focus your eyes towards the ceiling and move them slowly clockwise as if tracing a circle. Repeat three times, then close and relax your eyes. Do this three more times counter-clockwise.
- Distance Gazing : Focus your gaze on a distant object-look outside your window if you are at home. Relax your eyes and facial muscles and breathe deeply for a few moments. Shift your gaze between faraway objects and near, then rest your eyes and relax.
The importance of diet
Foods rich in antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients can lower your risk for eye conditions like cataracts. The potent antioxidants found in lutein and zeaxanthin can delay age-related vision problems, protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays, and lead to better vision. You can find these powerful nutrients in red bell peppers, oranges, key limes, leafy greens, walnuts, chickpeas and more.
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