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Friday, 25 July 2014

Are you blessed with good vision?  I have to wear reading glasses for small print but, overall, I'd say I can still see clearly now.  Can you?  I'm constantly stressing how important it is to keep that entire body of yours healthy and yesterday, I talked about taking good care of your teeth.  And today I want to, well, FOCUS...on your eyes!  LOL.  Did you know that when it comes to having healthy eyes, good nutrition plays an important role?  That's true for adults and I'd say especially true for children, since their senses are still developing.
The same kind of diet that keeps your heart healthy is good for your eyes, too.
Hey, everybody knows that eating a healthy diet is important for having a healthy heart, right?  But, get this.  The same kind of diet that helps keep your heart healthy is good for your eyes, too.  The connection isn't all that surprising if you think about it.  Let me explain.  SEE, your eyes rely on tiny arteries for the oxygen and nutrients they need to keep them healthy, just like your heart relies on much larger arteries to keep it healthy.  (Are you SEEING the relationship?)  A diet low in fat, rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains pays healthy dividends to a stronger heart and healthier eyes, giving you better vision.
Some "super foods" for good eye health include kale, oranges, salmon and even, (believe it or not) peas!  LOL.  But there are lots of other great food choices to help keep your eyes healthy.  Okay, (if I ask you to guess), I know one food that's going to be near the top of everyone's list.  What is it?  CARROTS, of course!  But wait, it's not just something your mother used to say to you at the dinner table, "Honey, eat your carrots, they're good for your eyes!"  Turns out she was right!  Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an important nutrient that actually helps you see better at night.  In fact, other orange-colored fruits and vegetables are also on this list, like sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and juicy apricots.  Making them part of your healthy diet can help you have healthier eyes and better vision.  (Looks like you've got another reason to spend more time in your supermarket's produce section.)
How are you seeing things these days?
So, are you seeing things clearly these days?  Do you wear glasses and for how long have you been wearing them?  When was the last time you had your vision checked?  Especially as you get older, are you having more difficulty reading, driving, watching TV or doing other things with your eyes that you always took for granted?  If so, it might not be a bad idea to schedule an eye exam for yourself soon.  Hey, let's face it, your vision is so important that you should never take it for granted. 
And I want you to remember that besides getting those regular eye exams, you can help insure a healthier set of peepers and better vision for yourself by making sure you're eating a healthy diet everyday.  And you thought a heathy diet was important, just for your heart.  Uh-uh.  A healthy diet is just as important for your healthy EYES, too.  SEE?!