Saturday, March 5, 2011

Get Your Sight Right

Many things affect eye health,from diet to exercise and make-up.Are your habits sight friendly?

1-Eat sweet potato and roasted beetroot.Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, a night vision booster, while the anthocyanins in beetroot protect against retinopathy (a cause of blindness) by preventing capillaries from leaking.

2-Turn the heating down.It dries out the air and your eyes.Group a few plants to add humidity.

3-Regular exercise may help glaucoma sufferers by reducing intracular pressure which occurs when the aqueous humour (the liquid between the lens and the cornea) pushes on the eye.In one study , those who walked 40 min four times a week stopped needing medication.

4-Have blueberries for breakfast.Antioxidant rich blueberries can stave off age related macular degeneration (AMD) the leading cause of blindness in the over 50s. Mix with yoghurt for a real health booster.

5-Follow your nose.Dilute jasmine essential oil with carrier oil, dab on your arm and sniff.It increases beta waves in your brain, making it more active.You'll be able to focus better.

6-Check your blood pressure every month.High blood pressure and diabetes are both linked to blindness, and they both damage blood vessels.You can get tested at your family clinic.

7-Eat fish without chips.Or batter.Studies show that people whose diets are high in omega 3 fatty acids and low in omega 6( found in ready meals and aways)are less likely to develop AMD.

8-Go for grey.Grey tinted sunglassesgive less colour distortion than amber tinted.

9-Bin mascara every three month and other eye make-up twice a year.It's a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause eye infections.