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August 30, 2011 at 10:37 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Improve Eyesight Naturally

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

Registered dietitian Jessica Butcher goes over some simple tips on how to maintain healthy eyes/eyesight.
Host, Gerry Barnaby - Hey, what’s goin’ on, Barnaby here.  Another HelloLife Moment.  This one having to do with your eyes.  Check out the eyes on this lovely lady right here.  Miss Jessica Butcher, Registered Dietician, so, what you eat can really affect your eyes?
Health Coach, Jessica Butcher, RD – That’s true. Now, a diet high in sugars, high in saturated fat, that’s going to lead to a lot of inflammation and that’s going to damage your eyesight.  And that can lead to a lot of different eye diseases out there. 
Barnaby - Well, the sad fact is, more women than men suffer from eye problems.  Why is that?
Jessica – That’s true.  And 75% of those can be prevented, partially through dietary changes.  So we can certainly get some changes in our diets by incorporating whole foods rich in anti-oxidants – Vitamin A,  Vitamin C and lutein.
Barnaby – Excellent.  And what better time to adjust your intake than April because it is Women’s Eye Health Month.  That’s true.  You know, as you did mention, women are impacted a little bit more than men.  And part of that is due to just some of those hormone changes that women go through – particularly through menopause.  And some of those, I mean the most mild symptoms, could even just be dry eyes.  And that can really be improved by getting more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet.
Barnaby – Really?  And so you can do that with a nice salmon.  You could also do it with some flax.  What other sorts of foods?
Jessica – You’re right. There’s a lot of different fatty fish out there – mackerel and sardines are some of those.  Some tuna – there’s lots of other options with the walnuts and the flaxseeds – are great for those following a plant based diet.
Barnaby – Well, you would never think you’d have to eat for your eyes, but you really, really do. 
Jessica – That’s very true.  You definitely want to keep the inflammation down to make sure we’re getting – we’re preventing any inflammation from occurring in our eyes because we want to make sure we get some healthy blood flow going straight to our retina and our optic nerve.
Barnaby – Well, I tell you what, because, without good eyesight, life becomes dramatically different – and not for the better.  Take heed of these HelloLife Moments, because it’s all about matching your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  That’s what we’re all about.  We are a life science and technology company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. – you’re one-stop-shop for all good information as regards a healthy lifestyle. 

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