What do our eyes, the windows of our soul that enable us to enjoy our life, tell us?
If you eat two large-size boiled carrots a day, you will make up for your dose of vitamin A.
Our grandmothers were right when they said, “eat a carrot for better eyesight”, though they probably did not know why. We now know that beta-carotene, a precursor to the vitamin A, is vital for good eyesight and eye tissue.
Our eyesight grows weaker over time and we often end up with glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration. Swollen red eyes make us often look older. Look at yourselves attentively in the mirror. What do our eyes, the windows of our soul that enable us to enjoy our life, tell us?
Are your eyes lifeless, with no glow – this might mean that your digestive tract does not function properly. It would be useful not to combine proteins and carbohydrates for a while, like in the Hay diet . This diet should be followed for a several weeks during which you will stimulate your gastrointestinal system to function properly.
Poorer eyesight in the evening – most often associated with vitamin A deficiency. Two large-size boiled carrots a day should improve this condition.
Swollen eyes and eyelids – most frequently caused by fluid retention in the body. It is recommended to undertake an anti-diuretic diet programme. Have 6-8 glasses of water a day, eat plenty of fruits and leafy vegetables, especially celery, broccoli, lettuce, nuts, seafood and sunflower seeds because of their potassium richness, which regulates the mineral balance in the body.
If you are not too fond of fruits and vegetables, try drinking juices and eating celery soups, beetroot juice, fennel tea and take Celery Seed Extract 500 mg of preparation, twice a day. Vitamin C (1 g) is also useful in an anti-diuretic diet programme, as it helps the body use the potassium from the abovementioned foods.
Cataract may be slowed down – eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C, and drink fresh squeezed orange and berry juices.
Top foods for good eyesight
- Spinach, carrot, Savoy cabbage and pumpkin are rich in lutein, which rejuvenates the eyes and is often combined with blackberry extract in the preparations for healthy eyesight.
- Carrot is rich in beta-carotene, which is transformed into vitamin A in the body. It is important for good eyesight at night – just like our grandmothers used to say!
- Avocado and nuts – a source of vitamin E, an essential nutrient for healthy eyes.
- Citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – contain vitamin C, which may prevent cataract, strengthen blood capillaries and prevent eye inflammation.
- Oily fish and flax seeds are a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids without which our eyes are dry and red. Eat oily fish at least twice a week and add flax seeds to yoghurt and cereals and flax seed oil to salads.
- Dark tea, red wine and onion contain the antioxidant quercetin. Add a glass of red wine to the Mediterranean lifestyle!
- Vitamin E and selenium show best efficacy when taken together.
- Blueberries – rich in both vitamin C and beta-carotene, contain anthocyanin for better eyesight at night and keep eyes young for a longer time. Instead of fresh blueberries, it is possible to get blueberry juice or capsules.