The human eye is a complex organ with a seemingly simple task—to see. If you’ve been born with the gift of sight, know that vision is important, imperative, and in most cases crucial to your very well-being. If you can’t see, you can’t read or write without help. Getting around is difficult—and you certainly can’t drive or ride a bike. Eye health offers freedom.
Without vision, being independent takes time and training while you learn to navigate your own home, neighborhood, and key places like the grocery store to maintain a life you can enjoy on your own. Personal tasks like doing your hair and nails, cooking a meal, or navigating the morning coffee routine, all take adjusting.
Honestly, most people take sight for granted, thinking their vision will always be there. Sure, when eyesight diminishes, corrective lenses help, but why accept failing eyesight as the norm? Why not take the time and effort to maintain healthy eyes NOW?
You Don’t Need A Crystal Ball To See
What does it take to maintain healthy eyes?
The easiest way to maintain healthy eyes is to rest them. Studies have shown (and so have all those tension headaches) that overusing the eyes can greatly diminish their health. Sitting too close to the screen, reading for long periods without stopping, blue light filters on cellphones, and even going too long without changing a prescription can all contribute to failing eyesight.
So, close your eyes earlier and often. Don’t take those devices to bed. Sit back further from the screen or use screen magnifiers. Read for shorter periods. And make a yearly visit to the optometrist for new corrective lenses.
Eye Health: Easy as 1,2, 3, A-Z.
How else can you maintain healthy eyes? Eat a diet rich in Vitamin A and Zinc.
Vitamin A is manufactured in the liver and is high in retinol which is responsible for keeping retinas clear and strong. Vitamin A is found in animal liver, eggs, and dairy products. For vegetarians and vegans, the best source of Vitamin A is carrots, sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables/tubers. We’ll delve into root vegetables in an upcoming Blog.
Zinc is the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. It’s absolutely vital to human health, and zinc deficiency is one of the most common issues many people face. Zinc is responsible for helping the body transport Vitamin A from the liver to the eyes, where the vitamin helps produce the melanin that keeps the retina healthy and durable.
In our October blog, Our Health Awaits, we discussed the role of DNA. Zinc is a major player in creating DNA, growing cells, building proteins, healing damaged tissue, and supporting a healthy immune system. The best source of Zinc is dietary supplements like HUmineral’s food-based nutrient Immune Boost Raw Liquid (or our Raw Powder Veggie Cap), which is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and completely tasteless. You can add drops, or a tablespoon of our liquids (Humic/Fulvic Mineral or Zeolite), to your morning smoothie, coffee or tea, or your post-workout juice blends, tonics, and acai bowls.
Remember the eyes are the windows to your health and your soul.
Maintaining eye health now is as fast and easy as a blink.