This week is Eye Health Awareness Week and I think often many people forget how important their eyes are. Our eyes are the tools we need to help us interact and see the world and to capture all those special moments in our life like seeing family and friends and watching our own children grown up. In a nut shell- yes I am telling you our eyes are important. However, how many of you know how to look after them? How many of you can honestly say your eye health is your number one priority?

In the media you often hear the words “diet” or “healthy”  and the main focus is always about losing weight or how to stay slim. The word diet actually means a regular selection of food and drink that a person consumes. So, technically I can say there is a diet for eye health. Next time you say you are on a diet it doesn’t mean losing weight. At the moment I am on a diet, I am on a “must juice some fresh juice from my brand new toy diet”- say hello my new juicer by Philips!

The Philips W 2 l XL tube Juicer

The Philips W 2 l XL tube Juicer

My fiance bought this about 2 weeks ago after a family member recommended it to us.  He told us the benefits of juicing compared to blending so my fiance thought he would try it out! I won’t go into detail but basically juicing is better for you because all the nutrient will be easily absorbed into the body in liquid form without the fibre.

We all know carrots are good for our eyes but so are other fruits such as berries, find out why below!  Here are 2 little recipes for you to try to kick start your eye health regime. Simply pop all the ingredients in the juicer and vola!

The Berry Blaster (Good for an overall eye health)

You will need a handful each of:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bilberries

Why does this help eye health?

Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries help protect eye sight from macular degeneration because they contain high amounts of antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C. Bilberries (which are related to the “Superfruit” that is the blueberry) are associated with improved eyesight and better retina health. These fruits can even prevent or reverse eye disorders, such as macular degeneration! They are native to northern europe but are actually very hard to find in the UK!


The Carrot Constitution (Good for night vision and dry eyes)

You will need:

  • 2 medium size carrot
  • 1 quarter of cucumber

Why does this help eye health?

Carrots contain beta-carotene which the body converts into vitamin A.  It is an essential vitamin for healthy vision!  Vitamin A, also called retinol, is key in fighting vision problems like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and night blindness.

 

Did You Know?

Vitamin C was one of the nutrients used in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study. That was a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and your body needs it to make connective tissue and for healthy blood vessels, including those found in your eyes.

Personally I make myself a glass of juice everyday to kick start my day. Within couple of days your body does feel the difference. I feel more revived and energetic, I would highly recommend everyone to buy a juicer 🙂 Maybe I should get some commission for this!  Philips if you read this send me an email! hehe.