Practical Tips For Naturally Brighter & Whiter Eyes
They’re the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them, and the last thing you remember when you walk away.
It doesn’t matter if the person was six foot or four, was bald or had a thick head of hair, was in their early twenties or late eighties; if their eyes were clear and shining, they were a complete vision of ageless beauty.
When was the last time, though, other than when watching a movie, you saw someone and just couldn’t stop yourself staring into their dreamy, starry peepers? It’s a sad fact that, in consequence of the modern climate-controlled, screen-filled urban lifestyles, most peoples’ eyes today are dull and lifeless and more like black holes than stars.
But you’d be wrong to think that’s the way it has to be. Our eyes do suffer due to our environment and lifestyles, but they suffer mostly due to neglect.
They become red and puffy after an untreated allergic reaction, they develop glaucoma thanks to a buildup of toxins in the body, they become yellow and hardened after prolonged exposure to the sun.
Whatever is causing your dreary eyes, it’s not good enough to simply put a few spoons in the freezer overnight and plonk them on your eyes for a few minutes in the hope they solve everything. Or introduce another substance, like drops that supposedly make the whites of your eyes brighter, and expect it to all go away in an instant.
To make sure your eyes stay naturally bright and white, and that, whenever you meet someone, they’re the ones left walking away feeling dazzled, you need to make a few fundamental, but quick and easy, changes to the way you live.
Whiter and Brighter Eyes, The Natural Way
Your eyes are composed of nearly three-quarters water. And as a result, with most of us going around dehydrated and failing to take in the necessary fluids each day, they, along with other watery parts of the body such as the skin, lungs, and kidneys, are left to bear the burden.
But it’s not as easy as downing a few more glasses of water a day — particularly if you’re already getting your two to two and a half litres and are still dehydrated. Taking in too much caffeine is the number one suspect, closely followed by stress and a diet that’s high in refined sugar, salt, carbohydrates, and trans fat.
Eating a poor diet is a sure fire way to cause toxins to build up in your liver. And if your eyes are a window to anything (other than your soul, of course), it’s your liver.
In place of things like white bread and fruit juices, then, take in more water-based fruits and veggies — particularly those high in vitamin A and C. Specific foods known for their eye-whitening effects also include almonds, for their Vitamin E and antioxidant content, fennel seeds, for their role in digestion and detoxing, and aloe vera, for its inflammation-easing properties.
One food that has been shown in studies to help treat common eye conditions like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts, is tumeric. The active ingredient in the spice, curcumin, is a potent antioxidant and one of the best supplements for eye health you can take.
As well as overhauling your diet and cutting back on your coffee intake (good luck with that), you can take smaller and more immediate steps to make your eyes appear whiter and refreshed.
One of them is blinking more. Blinking is the body’s natural mechanism for bathing your eyeballs in antibacterial fluid that helps fend off irritants and keep them glowing and comfortable. Blinking may sound a too obvious eye health tip to take seriously, but with our blinking rate dropping as much as 50 percent when using screens, it affects us much more than we know.