March is Eye Health Month!
This month, our blog series will focus on eye health. In addition to having your yearly comprehensive eye exam and wearing sunglasses to protect your vision, there is even more you can do to protect your health and eyes. Our team pulled together a list of ten things you can do today to improve your health and wellness. Because taking care of your eyes starts with taking care of your whole body!
EyeCare Associates – 10 Step Guide for Nutrition
- Drink more water
- It is important to drink enough water to help maintain bodily fluids. For best results, try to drink at least six glasses of water per day.
- Get out and exercise – at least 30 minutes a day! Exercising keeps your body systems working together, and helps prevent disease and improve stamina. It can also keep your eyes seeing more clearly and keep nearsightedness at bay, not to mention burning fat and boosting your mood!
- Limit sugar intake
- Sugar gives a quick boost, but leaves you drowsy and tired later on in the day. Instead, opt for complex carbohydrates like whole grains, which will provide sustained energy throughout the day.
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies
- High-quality vegetables and fruits provide the body with vital nutrients for health and wellness. Fruits and veggies offer health benefits ranging from prevention of chronic diseases to clearer vision and smoother skin.
- Eat organic foods
- Organic foods typically contain more natural nutrition and vitamins, and less toxic pesticides than conventional foods. Organic foods are non-GMO, free of hormones, and are often supplied by small family farms.
- Supplement with vitamins and minerals
- Many people do not get the recommended amount of daily vitamins and minerals due to poor diet or the industrialization of food products. Add a multivitamin to your daily regimen to ensure you’re at your best.
- Rotate foods
- It is important to rotate your foods and eat different types of meals from different food groups. Eating the same meals everyday can make your body overly sensitive to these foods.
- Get plenty of sleep
- Sleep can affect the brain and how it functions. More sleep will allow the brain to absorb new information faster and keep you more attentive, while chronic sleep deprivation can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, and depression.
- Avoid digital devices before bed
- Excess light, especially blue light, will alter melatonin levels and make it harder for you to fall and stay asleep. Instead, read a book or magazine, or enjoy a mug of chamomile tea before you doze off.
- Limit Alcohol Intake
- Excess alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle and will leave you hungover, dehydrated, and sleep deprived the next day (or two). No alcohol is best, but stick to one or two glasses per day if you choose to drink. It’s been linked to increased heart health!