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8 top foods for healthy eyes

Want to keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp? Here’s a selection of foods to help maintain excellent eyesight.

  1. Fatty fish

Rich in omega-3, fishes like tuna, herring or sardine nourish the cell membranes of nerve cells, including the retina, and prevent the onset of eye diseases linked to aging.

  1. Corn

A great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, essential pigments for eye health, this ingredient protects against AMD (break-down of the eye’s macula) and can be eaten in salads, cooked or raw. Consuming five to six grams per day of these pigments is said to be one of the best ways to prevent cataract.

  1. Blueberries

Known to improve night vision, blueberries contain Vitamin C and anthocyanins-components that boost visual acidity and help alleviate eye fatigue.

  1. Broccoli

This green vegetable, as well as its entire family of cruciferous vegetables, are rich in pigments and antixiodants and contain a high level of vitamin C that protects the retina and the crystalline lens from UV rays as well as free radicals that are harmful to vision.

  1. Carrots

Carrots are full of beta-carotene, an antioxidants precursor of vitamin A and rich in pigments that protect the retina, especially against cataracts.

  1. Clementines, oranges and mandarins

These three foods are rich in Vitamin C. They contain antioxidants that protect the cornea and crystalline lens if the eye and help prevent cataracts.

  1. Spinach

Rich in pigments, beta-carotene and vitamins, spinach is a super food for eye health. It protects against loss of visual acuity and UV rays. It should be a staple if your kitchen ingredients and consumed several times per week.

  1. Eggs

Thanks to its numerous antixiodants including vitamin A, this food is renowned for its protective qualities. It helps protect against aging-related macular degeneration, a disease of retina.

Salty curry cure

If your curry has become too salty, place a raw peeled potato in it while it cools – it will absorb extra salt.

Hair Happy

Changing weather conditions take a toll on your hair, making it dry, frizzy and brittle. Make your hair shiny, bouncy and smooth by following these easy tips.

  1. Massage your scalp with warm oil to restore the moisture. Mustard oil helps in tackling dandruff and hail fall. Olive oil mixed with almond oil is excellent in providing nourishment to scalp and hair.
  2. Load your diet with fruits, hard cheese, vegetables, whole grains and omega 3 fatty acids. Daily intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins and iron helps in rebuilding the loss of tissue in the scalp and strengthens follicles. Drinking plenty of water also helps to keep the hair well-conditioned.
  3. Use tepid water for washing your hair. Avoid hot water as it robs your scalp of natural oil, causing dry hair and dandruff.
  4. Avoid over-use of blow-dryers, curling irons, or flat irons, as artificial heat harms the cuticles, causing frizzy hair.

Here are some recipes to make your hair glow:

  1. Apply grated cream of green coconut for nourishment and conditioning.
  2. Bananas make a wonderful hair mask when blended with an egg, three teaspoons each of honey and milk, and five teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Soak fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind the seeds into a fine paste the next morning and apply it to your hair. Wash off with a mild shampoo after 15-20 minutes.
  4. Mix one mashed avocado with a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey, and then apply it to your hair. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes and then wash it off.

Blink Blink

With number of hours in front of computer, mobiles and TV constantly increasing, it is imperative that we take care of our eyes and sit in correct posture. To have a perfect eye power, follow the 20-20-20 rule. It means that every 20 minutes, you should take your gaze off your computer and look at another object that is 20 feet away or more and stare at it for 20 seconds. Complete the entire 20 seconds since this is how long it takes your eyes to relax after straining. Think of it a ‘rest break’ for your eyes.

Also, some studies suggest that wearing reading glasses while watching TV and using computers helps protect eye from strain.

Wonder skin

Pamper your face with one tablespoon of yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Add the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face. Patting this mask onto the skin moisturises, hydrates, and also helps to clear up skin problems. Feel the smoothness and notice the shine on your face after washing it with warm water.

Keeping cockroaches away

Get rid of cockroaches from your kitchen by putting a little boric powder in nooks and crannies.

Dandruff relief

A simple cure for dandruff. Mix two tablespoons of cosmetic vinegar in six tablespoons of hot water. Dab the mixture and leave it overnight. For best results, do this twice a week for three months. Hot oil therapy is another method to cure dandruff. Massage hot oil into the scalp at bedtime. Next morning an hour before bath, rub lemon juice mixed with cosmetic vinegar into the scalp.

Goodbye, pimples!

Have oily skin, or want to keep pimples at bay? Squeeze some toothpaste into a bowl and add water. Stir and then rub the paste onto your face. Avoid the eyes. Leave for 10 minutes or until dried and wash off. This opens the pores on your face and minimises pimples.

Soothe a Bee Sting

Too soothe a bee sting, apply a mixture of one pinch chewing tobacco with one drop of water. Apply it directly and immediately onto the sting; cover with Band-aid to keep in place.

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