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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Wolthuizen

Healthy Diet = Healthy Eyes

Eyes are a window to the health of the rest of your body! Truly!!!

Many diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol are noticed in the eye first. Also, hormonal imbalances, dry eyes, and allergies can affect function and comfort of your eyes.

In addition to an overall healthy diet, here are some key foods to focus on:

Cold-water fish. Salmon, halibut, and flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish should be eaten at least 2 times a week. Omega 3s are great for meibomian gland function and dry eyes.

Green, leafy vegetables. Kale and spinach are high in lutein and zeaxanthin. Nutrients that can reduce chronic diseases, such as, macular degeneration and cataracts. Try them in a smoothie for breakfast!

Nuts. Almonds and pecans are rich in vitamin E and can prevent progression of certain eye disease.

Orange vegetables and fruits. Grapefruits and oranges are great antioxidants essential for healthy eyes being high in Vitamin C. Sweet potatoes and carrots are high in beta-carotene and found to help preserve night vision.

Rule of thumb: stay away from white foods—breads, sugars, and potatoes.

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