5 Tips for Rockin’ Eye Health
1. You Are What You Eat
It’s true, ya know… diet helps everything. You’ve probably heard that carrots are particularly good for maintaining healthy eyes. In addition to carrots, a diet rich in vibrant fruits and vegetables, specifically dark leafy greens, is vital for your eye health as well. Studies have also shown there are eye health benefits in eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna, and halibut. I guess we know what’s for dinner. Yum!
2. Rock Those Stunna’ Shades
Who knew protecting your eyes could make you look so darn good? Sunglasses were invented to help keep the sun out of your eyes, specifically the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. In fact, did you know that your eyes can actually get sunburnt? If you have lighter eyes (blues/greens), you are probably already aware of this. Keep your eyes safe and “put your stunna’ shades on.”
3. Rest 20-20-20
In today’s day and age, it is not uncommon for people to spend their entire day with their face staring at a screen. Technology is a wonderful thing! But, it’s not so wonderful for your eyes. It causes eyestrain, eye fatigue, dryness, and itchiness from lack of lubrication. You actually blink less when you are watching electronic screens. So give your peepers a nice break. Every 20 minutes or so break your concentration from staring at that screen and stare at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This helps rest your eyes and reduce fatigue and overall eye problems. Make sure you close your eyes for a moment, too. This will help add more lubrication to the picture.
4. Keep Your Paws Clean
We know that our hands are full of germs. We know that we should be washing our hands every few hours. Yet, for some reason, we aren’t as committed to this as we should be. Well, did you know that touching your eyes when your hands are all germy actually contributes to your eyes being dry, itchy, and potentially infected? (Enter Pink Eye). It is super important that we only touch our eyes when our hands are CLEAN. This can help keep infections, sties, and other eye problems from forming altogether. It’s a simple fix, folks: Wash. Your. Hands.
5. Take Care of Your Liver
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is common knowledge that eye health is directly affected by liver health. Herbs like Chrysanthemum and Lycium have been used for hundreds of years for eye health. Chrysanthemum is a known anti-inflammatory and is high in vitamin C, which helps fight germs and infection. Lycium has been known to refresh and maintain blood circulation in the body, directly affecting eye health. The liver has a very important job to do, it acts as a filter for our blood and maintains a balanced and clean state in the body. Taking care of your liver affects your eyes because your eye sight depends on clean blood and proper circulation.
We use our eyes for many things, like reading this blog post, winking at the hottie at the coffee shop, and helping us learn about the world around us. Take care of your eyes with these 5 easy steps and you will see the difference! Do you have any eye health tips that you’d like to share with us? Tweet us! @BioTerraHerbs #visiontips