It’s National Nutrition Month! Making better food choices can improve every aspect of your health, including your vision. While maintaining and improving your eyesight is a lifelong, comprehensive process (with a BIG assist from your friendly neighborhood optometrist), eating a diet packed with healthful nutrients is one way to take control of your health today. Build a habit of healty eating and your eyes will thank you!
Here are a few things to toss into your shopping cart the next time you go to the grocery store:
Dark Leafy Greens
When it comes to food, deep color is often a good sign. Look for dark leafy greens like kale and spinach. Greens are high in the antioxidant lutein, which can help you maintain good vision. If you don’t like salads, consider adding some spinach or kale to a smoothie or include them in a morning omelette. You can even hide them in a sandwich. However you need to squeeze them in, it’s a good ingredient to add to your diet.
Cold Water Fish
Fish should be a dietary staple for most people. Packed with lean protein, fish make for the perfect entree. Fish (like salmon and tuna) are also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can protect your eyes, along with offering other health benefits. If you’re a fan of chicken or beef, try swapping in fish once a week. You’ll get some variety in your diet and your eyes will get the nutrients they need.
Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits) almost seem like cheating. They’re delicious! Plus, they’re a primary source of Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that protects your health. Whenever possible, sneak more citrus fruits into your diet. They can help your eyes and they’re a treat to eat. Whether included as a side dish or eaten as a snack, citrus fruits can add a boost of nutrition to your daily food intake. Try to include Vitamin C in your diet each day.
Eggs are eggs-ellent! But, seriously, they are. Eggs are protein and nutrient-rich. They can be cooked in several ways and they’re inexpensive. For your eyes, eggs have lutein and Vitamin A, boasting benefits for your vision and beyond. No one is asking anyone to leggo of their Eggos, but consider starting your day with some eggs. They’re the perfect breakfast food and they add much-needed nutrients in the morning!
The health of your vision is directly tied to your overall health. During National Nutrition Month, take note of your diet and try including some of the above foods in your shopping cart! You’ll be doing right by your health and your eyes will take notice. Maintaining and improving your vision is a lifelong process that involves yearly eye exams, careful eye care, and healthy habits. Improving your diet is something you can do each day to help your health.