I don’t know about you but I am constantly on the lookout for how I can get clearer and brighter eyes. With my work consisting of being on the computer all day I find my eyes are tired and look dull when I want them to look vibrant and bright!
The eyes are a great indicator of overall health and vitality and, as the old adage goes, they are the window to the soul. So I set out to investigate ways I can make my soul look better!
Here’s what my thorough research yielded [insert Law & Order sound here]:
Stress, overwork, worry and anxiety can put a strain on the eyes, their muscles and their nerves leading to dull looking eyes. You can cause physical strain to the eye when you read in bad light, spend prolonged periods of time on the computer or watching too much TV (there is a ‘too much’ TV? Say it isn’t so!). It is important to perform eye exercises daily to loosen the strained and contracted muscles around the eyes.
Excessive intake of sugar, protein and starch can also cause dull eyes so it is important to keep an eye (boom tish!) on your intake of these. Natural, uncooked foods are the best type of diet for the eyes. Include plenty of fresh fruit like oranges, apples, grapes, peaches, papaya and pomegranate and lots of green vegetables like lettuce, cabbage and spinach. Root vegetables like potatoes, turnips, carrots, onions and beetroot also are great for the eyes and nuts (portion controlled for those trying to lose weight), dried fruits and dairy products will keep your peepers poppin’.
Guess what you shouldn’t have too much of if you want pretty peepers? You guessed it – processed, sugary, sweet foods such as cakes, pastries, white sugar and jams. Also, eliminate caffeine, alcohol and recreational drugs for the brightest of eyes. Vitamin A is the most essential vitamin for they eyes. You can find it in cod liver oil, whole milk, butter, egg yolk, pumpkin, carrots, green leafies, tomatoes, mango, papaya, orange and melon.
A female adult should have at least 2,310 (IU) of vitamin A daily. People who use their eyes for long hours in front of the computer or reading require more of this vitamin. You are probably not getting enough vitamin A if you have dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea, dry hair and skin or night blindness. Also, if you have dry, itchy eyes that tire easily are normally a warning that you may be vitamin A deficient.
See here to find out how to get more vitamin A in your diet: http://www.ehow.com/how_5111405_enough-vitamin.html
Natural relief for the eyes
- Dampen a tea bag and place it in the freezer for a couple of minutes then place on the eyes for instant relief or place a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes and place the bowl of the spoon on the eye for the same effect
- Bath the eyes in lightly salted warm water can help to brighten them and relieve puffiness
- Adequate sleep (at least 7 hours) will ensure your eyes are not puffy or bloodshot and will keep nasty dark circles at bay