Ah November… the month between the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Halloween and the holiday season! I love November because fall is now in full swing! Outside, the air has become much more crisp. Comfy sweaters are now a wardrobe staple. And it’s the perfect time to try yummy new dishes and flavours from the fall harvest foods. Did you know that many of the harvest foods associated with fall are really nutritious! The eye benefits of eating fall foods are abundant, and our blog article this week will give you the goods on the great foods of fall!
The Eye Benefits of Eating Fall Foods – Get Your Vitamins!
When I think of fall foods, my mind is often flooded with colours! And not just leaves, but colourful fall foods as well! Colour in our natural foods (fruits and vegetables) is such a great thing. Brightly coloured orange and yellow foods; such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squashes, get their colour from Beta-carotine. The eye benefits from eating beta-carotine rich foods because the body is able to convert it into vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for eye health, because it helps protect the surface of the eyes and helps protect against the development of eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Eat Whole Foods For Nutrition Before Substituting Vitamins And Minerals With Pills
Eating healthy natural foods is good not just for the eyes, but the whole body. Getting nutrition and vitamins from food consumption is a better option over taking synthetic substitutions (not that we are against vitamin and mineral supplements). It is a good idea to try and get your daily recommended vitamin and mineral amounts through food first.
It’s All About Balance
Even though we’ve dedicated this blog article to signing the praises of colourful fall vegetables, eating them alone is not enough! Eating a well-balanced diet is one of the greatest ways that you can ensure that your body and your eyes are getting the nutrition they need. By eating a variety of different foods; fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meats included, you will make sure all your body’s nutritional needs are being met.
Along with eating eye nutrient rich foods, making sure that you’re up to date with your routine eye exams will also ensure that your eyes are working to their full potential!
If you have any questions pertaining to the health of your eyes, set up an appointment with a member of our team of helpful optometrists here!