Although puffy eyes can occur for a variety of reasons, it can also be due to water retention due to excess salt/sodium in the diet. You do not have to make drastic changes to your food. Making slight changes to your food habits will go a long way in shedding those heavy bags under your eyes.
Food that may trigger the puffiness under your eyes can be salty foods like chips, pretzels and popcorns. Non-salty food which is high in sodium such as processed baked foods also causes puffy eyes. Other processed foods, canned food, fast food, ready to eat foods are generally high in salt content and can cause puffy eyes. Always remember to check the ingredient list at the back of the food you buy from super market to make sure it is less in sodium. If you have an alternate item that is less in sodium compared to the food you generally buy, PICK THAT UP!
The daily recommended intake of sodium is 1500 mg per day. Remember, all the recommended intake value is based on 2000 calorie diet. So practically for most of us, it is far less than that.
Fact: A tablespoon of salt contains 2325 mg of sodium.
A diet that is high in salt or sodium causes water retention in the body, including water underneath the skin. This causes your eyes to sag since skin is very tender and fragile in the area around your eyes.
A Word of Caution: Don’t skimp on sodium too. Sodium is essential for your body to function properly because,
- Sodium helps maintain the right balance of fluids in the body
- Sodium helps transmit nerve impulses
- Sodium influences the movement of the muscles
Eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables including whole grains, sprouted grains, and food rich in protein will provide the most benefit for the body. Include lots of citrus fruit and juices since it helps your body create collagen, which keeps the skin supple, elastic and healthy.
Remember, that not all people can eat all foods. Some foods may cause allergic reactions to some people. When you get puffiness under eyes due to allergic reaction to some food, it is called allergic shiners. Be sure to keep a food diary to see which food is triggering the puffy eyes. Knowing what you eat and what your body accepts is a great way to get rid of the puffiness under your eyes.
Doctor Puffy Eyes suggests seeing your medical practitioner if your puffy eyes is accompanied by rashes, swelling of legs and other parts of the body and itchy eyes.