Most people are afraid of losing their precious vision due to the natural effects of aging. And while aging eyes are certainly a concern there are other factors that can dim your vision and put a strain on your eyes as well.
Threats such as a nutrient-poor diet… smoking… chronic stress… poor circulation… and increased “near work” activities including computer, TV and video games can all take a toll on your peepers. The good news is that there are natural steps you can take to maintain and support your sight.
A simple way to boost your eye health is by eating nourishing foods rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Make it a habit to load your diet with foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids. And eat plenty of fruits and veggies that contain zeaxanthin and lutein, as well as whole foods containing zinc and vitamins A, C and E.
Some of the best eye-protecting foods include dark, leafy greens, apples, broccoli, brown rice, butterbeans, cabbage, carrots, cashews, chickpeas, coconut, grapefruit, grapes, green beans, lentils, mushrooms, onions, oranges, peaches, peanuts, pears, pinto beans, rolled oats, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, walnuts, wheat pasta, whole grains and yams.
But you can also help preserve your eyesight by developing good lifestyle choices such as putting down the cigarettes—or never picking them up at all… minimizing your stress levels… exercising regularly… alleviating excessive eyestrain… and taking steps to promote healthy blood circulation.
Nutrients that may boost your vision include…
- black currant
- n-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)
- green tea
- alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
- vitamins A, B6, C and E
With this combination of nutritious whole foods, healthy lifestyle choices and eye-supporting nutrients, you should see a difference in your visual health no matter what your age may be.
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
For more information visit www.truehealth.com.
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