The best diet gestures for the eye area
Your genetic inheritance plays a big role in the appearance of unsightly signs around the eyes: puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. But depending on your lifestyle, the contour of your eyes can be more or less defined. Focusing on the mechanism of appearance of these symptoms, several dietary gestures make sense to counteract them.
How can dietitians address puffiness and dark circles?
Dark circles are marks on the lower eyelid. There are several types of dark circles that can be easily identified. The ones that can be treated with diet are the colored ones, not the hollow dark circles associated with the age-related loss of fat between the orbital bone and the eyeball. Purpose: to activate the microcirculation of the area. Why? If this works poorly, poorly drained melanin pigments accumulate in the veins and cause brown dark circles and/or venous stasis responsible for the blue color.
Puffiness caused by puffiness under the lower eyelids is associated with tissue accumulation (water retention and/or fat deposition) and poor blood and lymph circulation in the eye contour area. It is advisable to consult a plastic surgeon to affect fat pockets, on the other hand it can affect pockets due to fluid retention.
When bags and dark circles are present on a daily basis, it is a blood and lymph circulation problem. A problem that dietitians can combat in different ways.
How to activate blood circulation thanks to dietetics?
5 rules to follow to fill with active ingredients to facilitate blood circulation.
- Drink a liter of red grape infusion or green tea in the morning. In the afternoon, drink a large cup of golden milk made from fresh ginger or turmeric paste steeped in water.
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (increases bioavailability of curcumin)
- 1 level teaspoon of ground turmeric + 3 tablespoons of spring water
- 1 small pinch of cayenne pepper (increases the bioavailability of curcumin).
- 1 pinch red kampot pepper
- 1/2 cap orange blossom hydrosol
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 split vanilla pod
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
Add flavor to coconut milk
Heat the coconut milk. Infuse the cinnamon stick and crushed vanilla. Add the orange blossom hydrosol and nutmeg.
Make turmeric paste
In a small pot, add turmeric, water, pepper, coconut oil and put it on high heat.
Mix well. Reduce the heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture becomes a thick paste. It doesn’t take long.
Prepare golden milk
Strain the coconut milk and pour it into the pan with the turmeric paste. Put on medium heat. Stir constantly and be careful not to boil the mixture. Add a pinch of cinnamon to the cup.
You can make a larger quantity of turmeric paste, keep it in the fridge and dip it in to make your daily golden milk.
- Finish your meal with a square of very dark chocolate, at least 90% cocoa.
- Grate raw ginger in your salads and curries.
- Add olive oil, garlic cloves, hot pepper and good quality turmeric to your preparations. You can prepare this mixture in advance and add at least 2 tablespoons per day.
- Consume good quality omega-3 rich foods that are easily absorbed by the body at least three times a week. That is, small fatty fish rich in omega-3 (sardine, mackerel, anchovy) or even cod liver or eggs from free-range chickens (up to 3 per day).
Enable draining of fluids through the power supply.
- Drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day. The more you drink, the better you loose.
- Cut out extra sugar, high-carbohydrate foods, and excess salt from your diet. They are real water absorbents. Among the salty foods that retain the most water: cheese and cold cuts.
To know the carbohydrate content of foods: The Carbohydrate Counter Book, Magali Walkowicz, Thierry Souccar Editions.
- Do not eat soup at dinner, drink – drink 30 minutes before and after – and avoid raw vegetables.
Two other reasons can accentuate puffiness and dark circles.
A sluggish liver and intestines can accentuate unpleasant symptoms around the eyes. Therefore, it is important to take care of these fabrics.
To support the liver.
- Start your day with a glass of warm water mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice. This will gently awaken the gallbladder.
- Once every three months, do a treatment of liquid desmodium, a kind of thick liquid to be mixed with water. This African plant is a real boon for liver health. It should be taken before going to bed.
- Avoid consuming too much fat or too much protein in the evening. Eat a plate of steamed vegetables instead.
- Avoid fried foods.
To support gut health.
- For digestive issues, add digestive enzymes between meals and garnish your dishes with sprouted seeds.
- To protect your gut flora, consume fermented foods, miso broths, drink kefir or kombucha.
- Consume bone broth to pamper your intestinal wall.
And to smooth fine lines around the eyes?
The fine lines at the corner of your eyes are simple streaks of dehydration. If you act in time, these dehydration streaks will pass. The solution can be summed up in one word: hydration.
Eat enough good fat at the beginning of the day, at breakfast and at dinner. Fatty, oily fish for quality omega-3. At least 2 tbsp. horse etc. olive oil per day, two avocados per week for monounsaturated fatty acids.
Mix 20g of marine collagen into your breakfast.
Consume foods that are a source of hyaluronic acid, such as bone broth (see our article on this topic).
With this program, you have every chance to bring back the shine to your look.