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Why A Healthy Diet Can Help Protect Your Eyesight

Our eyes (and therefore eyesight) is essential to use and our quality of life. Given the world we live in, with increased pollution and a higher risk from UV rays (even with modern prescription sunglasses), it’s more important than ever that we properly look after our eyes.

Whether you’re lucky enough to have 20/20 vision or you’re already sporting glasses, there really is no good reason for not taking good car of your eyes. Happily, there are some simple, easy-to-do steps you can take to maximise your chances of having good eye health.

It’s always widely known that a healthy diet can beneficially impact our general health, but it can also impact positively on the health of your eyes. Simply increasing your intake of fruit, vegetables and water can help keep eye diseases at bay, and can be particularly effective against age-related vision degeneration.

Lots of people struggle with healthy eating however, especially if they work every day. If you don’t feel you have the time to prepare yourself a healthy meal everyday, here are some simple steps you can take to keep those prescription glasses away:

You should try and increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you have with your regular meals. If you’re eating a meal you’d normally have one vegetable with, it’s no extra effort to add a second or third to the pan.
Similarly, you can add fruit to deserts or even to savoury dishes (raisins and banana go extremely well with curries, for example).

You can also add to things you would normally think of a bad for you, and make them that little bit healthier. If you’re having a dessert (such as jelly, ice cream, custard, cream, etc), then adding fruit will work extremely well. The same can be done with drinks, if you’re having a glass of coke for example, try a squeeze of lemon to add that extra healthy element.

You could also learn to make meals that are extremely healthy, but take no extra effort on your part to make. Soup is the best example of this i can think of, as it is not only very simple to make but can also contain a huge amount of vegetables. You should aim to make your own soup at least once or twice a week, as you’ll usually find one pan of soup will last for a few days.

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