The food we eat can directly affect different parts of our bodies. This is why having a balanced, healthy diet is so important. Karl Ryberg, author of LIVING LIGHT, shares the best foods for the eyes and brain.
The functioning of the eye–brain system is intimately influenced by the functioning of the digestive tract, but, more to the point, if we eat a healthy diet, we will help to combat many of the eye problems that are linked to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Chard, spinach, broccoli, kale, and green peppers
Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables that are naturally saturated with the light-harvesting molecule chlorophyll. Under the influence of strong sunlight this is transformed into the coenzyme quinone, which activates the mitochondria inside every cell in your body. These tiny energy reactors will power your entire body. Spinach is cheap and abundant and an excellent source of lutein, which can protect cells from damage.
Pumpkins, carrots, beets, tomatoes, and berries
Orange and red vegetables contain large amounts of organic pigments also known as “bioflavonoids.” These concentrated carotene colorants also act as efficient antioxidants, which are thought to help in eye, skin, and heart health. Beta-carotene, which is found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, is converted to vitamin A in the body, excellent for heart and eye health.
Avocados, walnuts, coconuts, olives, and organic butter
While the health benefits of avocados, walnuts, and coconuts have now been embraced, people are still hesitant about butter. This might be because until quite recently all health advice suggested that “fat” was bad for us. We now know that this message has been oversimplified and, more to the point, that so-called “diet” foods replaced saturated fat with unhealthy sugars and additives. We understand that we need certain “good” fats for our health. These saturated and semi-saturated fat sources are all of natural origin. They have an excellent balance between their omega-3 and omega-6 components. Butter contains vitamin A and is one of the most complex of all dietary fats, containing more than four hundred fatty acids. All body cells are enclosed in double layers of fatty membranes, and these elastic wrappings must be well nourished to fulfill their function. Brain tissue is particularly high in fat since the nerve cells are externally lined with lipid cells, acting as efficient electric insulators. Yes, butter is saturated but contains butyric acid, which is important for the digestive enzymes. Organic butter is a natural product that undergoes minimal processing in contrast to industrial oils.
Yogurt, cheese, eggs, soybeans, and seafood
These proteins are complete and contain all the essential amino acids that your body needs. High-grade proteins are easily converted into functional tissue. An extra supply is vital to recycle and repair the discarded old membranes inside the retinal cells. The brain also needs a lot of prime-quality proteins to build trillions of internal nerve connections.
Eyebright, dandelion, rosehips, green tea, fennel, saffron, turmeric, chili, and garlic
These organic tonics will fortify and cleanse your inner organs and tissues but won’t overstimulate your body. Many wild herbs and spices improve blood circulation and strengthen the immune system. Most are slightly bitter in taste but high in vitamins and natural antibiotics. Some are antibacterial and full of yellow antioxidant pigments.
Find more about the “Light Diet” in LIVING LIGHT by Karl Ryberg!
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Excerpted from Living Light by Karl Ryberg. Copyright © 2019 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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