Being a dietitian, I give clients many reasons for eating healthier – to help with weight loss, good heart health and preventing or managing chronic illness. But it’s not often that we emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy diet for eye health. Most of us take the health of our eyes for granted while we are young, not realizing that eating healthy today may be able to prevent problems down the road.
The eye is an organ that depends on all other systems in our body. And here’s a fun fact – the retina has the highest rate of metabolism in the body, which means it needs to be supplied with nutrients on a regular basis. This is what also makes it extremely vulnerable especially with it being exposed to so much light.
Nutrition is a powerful form of preventative medicine, so it’s never too early to start. The correct amount of essential nutrients can fight the effects of aging in every part of the body, including the eyes.
So, what can we do food wise to reap the benefits of these nutrients?
Following these tips will not only help with protecting the eyes but will be important for overall good health.