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Nutrition & Eye Health

May is Healthy Vision Month! 👁 How is your vision? If you’re unsure, the first step is to get those eyes checked out! In #GilesCoVa, we’re lucky to have multiple options for eyecare with @appalachianeyecare and @clarityeyecare2020 right here in Pearisburg.

Did you know that your nutrition can affect your eye health? There are nutrients that can help prevent conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. The best sources of vitamins and antioxidants are from WHOLE foods. Here are 5 powerhouse foods to include in your diet to support your eye health:

Kale 🥬

This leafy green vegetable is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which may help protect eye tissues from damage and reduce eye changes due to aging. Include some fat (i.e. olive oil, avocado) when enjoying kale since your body needs it to absorb the nutrients.

Sweet Potato 🍠

Your body converts the beta carotene in sweet potatoes into vitamin A, a nutrient that prevents dry eye and night blindness and also may reduce the risk of eye infections. Beta carotene can also be found in other deep orange foods, (think carrots, butternut squash) and dark green foods like spinach and collard greens. Eat these with some fat as well, to ensure your body can absorb the nutrients.

Strawberries 🍓

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that may help lower your risk of cataracts and strawberries deliver a healthy dose. Other vitamin C-rich foods include bell peppers, broccoli, citrus and cantaloupe.

Salmon 🍣

Salmon is a good source of vitamin D, which may help protect against macular degeneration. It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may be beneficial for eye health!

Green Tea 🍵

Green tea contains catechins, which are responsible for its antioxidant properties, keeping eyes healthy. So, drink up! Other foods high in catechins include red wine, chocolate, berries and apples.

I love how we can use food to nourish every part of our body, including our 👀! Ready for personalized nutrition guidance to help you achieve your health goals? Call me to get started today: 540-599-9378

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