Every woman knows it’s important to keep her eyes as beautiful, as youthful, and as “soulful” as they can be. Eyes don’t need a lot of diet control or heavy workouts. They’re actually pretty low-maintenance, generally. Simple upkeep every now and then ensures they’ll remain healthy year after year.
How Eyes Change With Age
Eyes start undergoing major changes in mid-life. Most of these are changes in the way the eye functions — for example, color perception changes, shrinking field of vision, and the like. Some changes are outwardly visible — drooping lower eyelid, eyes ‘sinking’ into the head, and the sclera (the whites of the eyes) turning a more yellowish color.
The White Of Your Eyes - Sclera
A clear, milky-white sclera is often linked with health and beauty. It’s usually the first part of the eyes to show signs of aging. The sclera adopts a slight yellow or brown hue with age. Studies reveal that this hue actually has more to do with environment than with age. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays, dust and wind causes this change. One thing you can do is invest in a wide-brimmed hat that goes along with your sunglasses to block those rays from constantly entering your eyes. Diet also has a significant influence on the health of your eyes.
Food For Whiter Eyes
Nutrition is very important when it comes to eyes. The five nutrient categories that you must include in your regular diet for healthier eyes are:
Vitamin A – Remember how your mother insisted that you finish your carrots? Well she had a reason and she was right. Fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin A or beta carotene are a must food for your eyes. Fill up your fridge with carrots, peaches, papaya and mangoes.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C foods include oranges, grapefruits and strawberries.
Vitamin E – Vitamin E can be provided to the body by regular intake of sunflower seeds, wheat germ, hazelnut, peanut butter and almonds. One handful (an ounce) of almonds will provide half of your daily dose of Vitamin E.
Antioxidants – Leafy greens are good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants responsible for lowering risks of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. That means eating kale, spinach, collards and romaine lettuce can never be too much.
Zinc – There are many excellent sources of zinc for the raw vegan, including sesame seeds/tahini, hemp seeds, cashew and pine nuts, shiitake mushrooms and avocados. An easy rule to remember is if the fruit and vegetables are yellow and orange, they are excellent for your eyes.
Eyes are all muscle and it’s important to give these muscles a regular workout to keep them youthful. There are some basic exercises that will relax your eyes, prevent further eyesight deterioration and even help with tightening of age-related sags in and around the eye area. You can do these exercises whenever you want:
- Sit comfortably. Close your eyes tightly and count to 5. Now open them and count to 5 again. Repeat this process of opening and closing your eyes for 5 seconds each time 5-7 times.
- Soak a soft hand towel in hot water and another in cold. Take the hot one, squeeze out its water and press it on your closed eyes gently. Massage lightly on the eyebrows, eyelids and the area around the eyes. Repeat the same with the cold towel. Alternate between the two a couple of times, ending with the cold towel.
- Squint strongly with only your lower eyelid. Release and squint again. Repeat 5-7 times.