When you were a kid, your parents probably said things like, ‘Carrots help you to see in the dark!’ whenever you refused to eat your vegetables. Most people chalk these kinds of phrases up to being old wives’ tales, but from a healthcare point of view, your sight and hearing can actually be affected by your food intake.
In this blog we will explore just how easily your diet can affect your sight and hearing, and what kinds of foods can benefit these functions the most!
Which foods are good for sight?
Your eyes are incredible, complex organs that need to be taken care of. Our increased use of screens on a daily basis means that most of us are straining our eyes a lot of the time. Although we can wear glasses or contact lenses to alleviate strain, our diet can also play a huge part in our eye health.
Which foods are best for your eyes? Our eyes need a mixture of vitamins and proteins to stay in peak condition. These include:
Oily fish such as tuna.
Nuts and seeds like walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.
Fresh green vegetables like kale, asparagus and spinach.
Citrus fruits with high Vitamin A, like oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits.
Keeping a balance of these foods in your diet can help keep your eyesight sharp for longer, making sure you keep them healthy into old age and protect them against our somewhat unnatural use of screens!
Which foods are good for hearing?
It is clear that food shouldn’t be used as a replacement for preventative measures for hearing loss, like lowering the volume of your music and wearing earplugs. However, there are recent scientific studies that show that your diet can impact your hearing health.
One diet and hearing health article said:
“Research conducted at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston – part of the Harvard Medical School – shows that over the long term, a diet packed with healthy options is one that is linked to better resistance to hearing loss. This study has spanned 20 years, and during this time, those who ate healthier options had better hearing. They were also 30% less likely to develop hearing loss in the middle of the range, with 25% of people less likely to develop hearing loss at higher frequencies.”
These amazing statistics have proved to us that eating a healthy diet filled with fresh, natural foods can assist in more than weight management and high energy levels!
Foods that can be eaten to improve your hearing health include:
Colorful fruits and veggies, such as carrots, peppers, green vegetables, apples, citrus fruits and mangoes.
Fiber-packed foods, such as nuts, cereals, grains and pulses.
Protein-rich foods, such as meat, fish and eggs.
If you have ever wondered what fresh fruits, vegetables and protein sources can do for your eyes and ears, now you know! It is amazing what a great diet can do for our bodies!