As our bodies are made up of 60% water, we need to be maintaining our liquid levels!
This doesn't always have to be water, there are many nutrients in other beverages that have health benefits! So we have collated a list of other drinks that will provide you with the best nutrients for eye health...
1. Lemon Water
Lemon water's biggest benefit is that it is high in lutein and zeaxanthin which are two very important nutrients that help against macular degeneration and cataracts!
Also, Lemon water is a great source of vitamin c , fun tip - is used in eye drops as it is full of ascorbic acid that can help reduce inflammation in the eyes!
2. Orange Juice
Drinking orange juice can reduce the risk of macular degeneration by up to 60% This is due to the flavonoids oranges possess that offer anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
3. Carrot Juice
Carrot Juice is a great source of beta-carotene that is a vitamin which is one of the most powerful antioxidants! This is as it helps protect the surface of the eye and also helps deter against macular degeneration and cataracts. Another benefit of carrots is that they contain lutein which helps protect eyes against damaging light from our phones and the sun!
4. Spinach/Kale Juice
Kale Juice, in particular, is very similar to lemon water as it contains large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin which as previously stated helps to protect your retina from light damage and improve your sight. Kale also helps lower your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts due to its ability to lower your risk against type 2 diabetes.
Spinach juice also helps against diabetes as it contains an antioxidant known as alpha lipoic which lowers glucose levels!
Maybe try adding one of these leafy greens to your next breakfast smoothie to help your eye health!
If you do have eye concerns and are wanting to seek professional advice - simply call 0800 25 53 93 or visit https://www.aucklandeye.co.nz/contact-us/