Taking in salt (which contains sodium) creates water retention throughout the body. If we ingest too much sodium the area around our eyes can become puffy and dark circles appear. In moderate amounts, potassium can help to reduce this puffiness and darkness.
But be sure to not have too much potassium in your system as this can also cause dark shadows.
People have been telling us for years about the benefits of eating a balanced diet. Consuming foods which are rich in nutrients lead to a fit, healthy body. But did you know that a healthy diet can also stave off dark shadows and puffiness around the eyes?
Eating healthily is something that many of us can achieve easily. Just make sure you eat a varied diet which contains all the vitamins and minerals you need.
B12 can be found naturally in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Beans, pumpkin seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains and dried fruits are all excellent sources of iron. Selenium sources include Brazil nuts and tuna while turkey, yoghurt, milk, and tomatoes all contain high levels of potassium.
As many of the essential vitamins are found in meat products, vegetarians and vegans may need to consider taking supplements.
Fresh air and exercise can both contribute to a healthier body. Getting outside will definitely help with sleep patterns which may help eliminate the bags under your eyes. It will also keep you away from the computer screen!
Be sure to take care of your eyes when you are outside though. If you suffer from allergies, remember to take any necessary medication. And wear sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes. Too much sun can lead to an increase in melanin (the cells which color your skin brown) creating darkened areas.
At the New Jersey Eye Center, we regularly see patients who complain of dark shadows under their eyes. Identifying the cause could be the first step to eliminating them completely. You need suffer no more. Book an appointment or walk in to see one of our specialists today.