I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, during which two parts of my body get tired: my backside and my eyes. A quick wander around the room reacquaints me with my butt cheeks, but when it comes to kicking the eyes back into gear, I admit to being a bit under-resourced in the knowledge department.
I'm a fitness kinda girl, right? The most attention my eyes get is when I'm applying mascara in the passenger seat of my husband's car, running late for an appointment. So I took it upon myself to do some homework. And my research turned up some amazing eye facts.
First, we can do cool exercises that re-energise and strengthen the muscles that support eye function. Here are my faves: extend your arm with your thumb up. Focus on your thumb, and keep focusing as you slowly bring it to your nose. Hold for three seconds, then return to the start position. Next, imagine a figure eight on its side three metres away. Use your eyes to trace its shape three times one way, then three times the other way. Finally, rub your hands together to warm them up, then put your palms on your cheekbones and your fingers on your forehead, cupping your eyes in your palms. Let your eyes relaaaaax in the warm, cosy darkness. Wicked during a marathon computer session!
Of course, you can eat for eye health. Make sure you have plenty of vitamin C to support the structure and function of the connective tissue. Vitamin C, abundant in citrus fruit, broccoli, capsicums and tomatoes, will also mop up free radicals, which can contribute to eye disease, and it helps stop eye conditions like macular degeneration.
Our retinas contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, so oily fish belongs on the menu. Similarly, eating green, leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli, silverbeet) and taking in antioxidants and vitamins from the likes of corn and capsicum will also benefit your eyes.
If you're eating well for your eyes, you'll be eating well for your general health, too. So look sharp and get a thumbs up from your GP.
From: Sunday Life