When you think of healthy eating, you may think of how it impacts your weight or energy level. But do
you ever think about what your eating habits do for your eyes?
Optometrist Dr. Paula Newsome outlines several vitamins that boost different aspects of eye health in
her recent e-book, Putting The Eye in Nutrition. They include vitamin A for good vision, vitamin B3 to
prevent glaucoma, and vitamins B1, C, and E to reduce the risk of cataracts.
Now that you know what vitamins you need, what should you actually be eating? Dr. Newsome writes
there is no one food that will turn around your health or rid you of all diseases. There are a variety of
foods you can eat to stay healthy. Dr. Newsome also includes a top ten superfoods table with most of
them being fruits, vegetables, and beans—foods that she writes are naturally packed with fiber.
But there are definitely some foods you can afford to cut from your diet or eat less of. Dr. Newsome
writes the standard American diet is full of processed foods, added sugars, and excess salt. This diet has
a negative effect on your health. She includes a fact that 40% of an average American’s calories are
made up of refined foods that “upset the body’s basic biochemistry.” You may want to swap that greasy
burger and fries for salmon and a salad.
If you want to improve your eye health, remember it starts from within. Nourish your body the best you
can, because you only get one of them.