Let’s talk about food! We have all heard “you are what you eat,” right? That could not ring more true. What we put into our bodies truly affects us and how we function.
Today we are going to talk about some foods that keep our EYES healthy! We can do Vision Therapy exercises every day to keep our eyes moving together…but how do we keep them healthy?
- Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is essential for the proper functioning of the retina. It may protect against night blindness and dry eyes. Good sources for Vitamin A are beef or chicken liver, cod liver oil, eggs, milk, carrots, spinach, mangoes, papayas, peaches and apricots.
- Vitamin C may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration in addition to keeping your immune system in good shape. You can get your daily allowance of Vitamin C by eating not only oranges and other citrus fruits, but also from red or green sweet peppers, strawberries, kale, and broccoli.
- Vitamin E has been associated with the prevention of cataracts and the delaying of cataract growth. When combined with carotenoids and Vitamin C it may reduce the risk of advanced macular degeneration. Food sources for Vitamin E are almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and green leafy vegetables.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are a great defense against dry eyes and macular degeneration. The following foods have a great source of Omega-3: salmon, mackerel, herring, flaxseed, fish oil or walnuts.