Friday, October 27, 2017

I Can See Clearly Now

Blue light is part of our daily life from morning until evening. Most of us average about 11 hours a day staring at the screen. Blue light can damage the retina, and that exposure can lead to problems like eye strain, eye fatigue, and headaches. Blue-violet rays that emanate from our ubiquitous screens can penetrate into the retina, where they induce photochemical stress that directly damages retinal cells and indirectly leads them to self-destruct. Looking for ways to offset the damage? Keep reading!

Replacing the carotenoid pigments in the eye’s protective layer is an effective means of quenching much of the photochemical damage done by blue light. Lutein and zeaxanthin are key carotenoid nutrients needed to protect your eyes. They are deposited in the center of your retina and absorb a lot of this blue light. Start looking in the produce aisle for foods rich in these eye-boosting nutrients

Begin with leafy greens like cooked spinach, kale, Swiss chard or collard greens.

Move on to veggies like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, peas or corn.

The egg is a powerhouse of the disease-fighting nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. Make sure to add in this tiny miracle food for only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. 

It sounds like the beginnings of a Buddha Bowl or Super Bowl to me! Check out my blog post about those new power foods from a few weeks ago. Be sure to include amazing carotenoids in your diet each day to give you a sharper view for the years ahead.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food!

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