Feed your eyes

They say, ‘We are what we eat’. And it’s true, what we ingestion is what our body absorbs and becomes part of us in the form of nutrients for cells. Having proper eating habits is one of the best decisions we can make. Firstly, because we will be looking after and preventing future diseases related to the digestive system or the circulatory system. Secondly, because we will be setting a great example to our children and to the people around us.

What is the best diet?

It is one of the most debated issues. And the answer is that there is no specific diet that suits everyone. This will depend on the tastes and needs of each person. As a general rule, however, what we must take into account is that a healthy diet must be varied, including a lot of fruit and vegetables, little or no refined cereals, legumes, fish, white meat and, above all, the avoidance of sugars and saturated fats.

Mediterranean diet

Are we talking about the Mediterranean diet? It is true that what we know as a Mediterranean diet is very close to the pattern we have mentioned. It is, of course, a very balanced type of diet, which includes a lot of fresh products and does not abuse either the fried or the sweet. Perhaps the only thing, however, is that this diet also includes quite a lot of red meat and products made as sausages, which would not be as recommended.

What food can we eat to improve our vision?

The first thing we have to make clear is that if we have any visual problem it is impossible to solve it with the intake of one kind of food or other. There is no food to cure. In the face of any nuisance or decline in our vision, the recommendation is to turn directly to the ophthalmologist to analyse and solve our visual problem. It is another thing that there are a number of visual-related diseases that can be prevented or prevented with proper food.

For example, the Associated Age Macular Degeneration (DMAE) is a retina disease. Antioxidants have been shown to allow our retin to be kept in an optimum state. Therefore, fruit intake such as strawberries, oranges, green-leaf vegetables such as spinacs and also fish and some dairy, which are rich in vitamins A, C and E, are ideal for generating these antioxidants that will help to keep our retina healthy.

Other disorders such as glaucoma are directly related to diseases such as diabetes. The causes of the onset of diabetes may be due to many factors, but excessive sugar intake will result in an increase in the chances of developing it. All processed foods contain large quantities of saturated fats and sugars which encourage the development of this type of disease. The consumption of this type of food packaged and processed must be avoided as far as possible. We must remember that Glaucoma is known as the “silent blindness”, since it produces no symptoms until we begin to notice a decline in our vision that will be very difficult to recover.

Other conditions such as cataracts appear from a certain age – between the ages of 55 and 60 – naturally. Each person may affect it to a greater or lesser degree and may have a more or less rapid evolution. There is no food – nor are there any medicines – that will prevent it from coming into being. It is true that there are studies that state that a diet is low in salt and with a noticeable consumption of cytricho fruits, green-leaf vegetables and nuts, among other foods, can help to delay their occurrence.

Conclusion

There is no specific guideline that can be applied to everyone to keep the vision in good condition. But if we can extract a number of advice which, in addition to helping us to look after our vision, will enable us to maintain a healthy and balanced diet:

  • Various food
  • Don’t abuse any particular food.
  • To always eat everything in moderation, to avoid any processed product (no packaging except canned products)
  • To restrict the intake of sugars to the maximum (this includes alcohol) and, last but not least,
  • To help us burn the excess of fat and to keep us in shape.