24 Sep What your eyes can reveal about your health
They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. What is less well-known is that health is too. We have all noticed changes in our eyes – but what exactly does it mean if the whites of our eyes turn a yellowy colour? These changes and others can give us clues about the general health of our body, what it is lacking and what it needs. It’s not always just a simple case of tiredness…
There are various potential causes of dark circles around the eyes ranging from lack of sleep to thyroid problems, anaemia and food intolerances. We tend to assume it’s always caused by a lack of sleep, however, if you’re sleeping well and those “panda eyes” aren’t going anywhere: there could be another reason.
If it’s anaemia which is responsible, you need to get more iron into your diet. Lentils, chickpeas and lean red meat are all packed with iron. Be aware that coffee and tea hinder the absorption of iron, so cut down on these drinks. Food intolerances to gluten or cow’s milk can also cause the appearance of dark circles. So cut these out, one at a time, and see if the dark circles disappear too.
If the whites of your eyes are displaying a yellow tinge, it is a good idea to visit your doctor. There could be various reasons for the appearance of yellowing whites including: liver dysfunction, jaundice and hepatitis.
If you have seen your doctor and ruled out these causes then it’s likely that your liver is in need of a helping hand. So that means: cutting down on alcohol, processed food, sugar and white flower. At the same time, increase your intake of vegetables and try drinking a cup of warm water with a lemon juice each morning to cleanse your body of toxins.
Puffy eyes are a sign of a sodium-potassium imbalance in your diet, most likely because you are eating too much salt. Processed foods contain lots of salt, so remove these from your diet. Breads, sauces and processed meats often contain a lot of sodium but very little potassium and are a prime cause of any imbalance. And avoid adding salt to your food too, that’s a no brainer.
However, once again, there could be a link between your eyes and your kidneys. Puffy eyes can be caused by an overworked kidney, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water – as we’ve discussed before, water is simply amazing – and avoid alcohol and caffeine which are diuretics and can make the problem worse.
Next time you look in the mirror, see what health signs your eyes might be giving you. You could need more than a good night’s sleep to restore your body’s health and your eyes’ beauty.
*** You should always visit your doctor for the correct advice.