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Dry January & Veganuary: Benefits For Your Vision

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January isn’t usually the most exciting month of the year, with Christmas having passed and everyone slowly returning to some form of routine. Despite this, January is the most popular month to try something new and get the new year off to a positive start. In particular, looking after your health is usually high on the list for new year’s resolutions.

Dry January and Veganuary are becoming prevalent trends at the start of each year, both of which can positively impact your health.

Why follow Dry January?

Many Dry January participants find they have more money, more energy and sleep better, making a massive difference after the indulgence of Christmas. A whole month alcohol-free can result in lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and could reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Cutting back on your alcohol intake can also have a positive impact on your eye health. Did you know that drinking alcohol results in a slower pupil reaction? This can make it more difficult to distinguish between objects and is often why you experience blurry vision after a few drinks.

Excessive alcohol over a more extended period could increase your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, as well as cataracts.

Each week may bring new benefits to your overall health, including reaching a healthy weight, better memory recall and waking up without that groggy hangover feeling!

Following Dry January, or even just pledging to cut back on your alcohol consumption, could help you maintain healthier eyes and the rest of your body.

Woman drinking water taking part in dry January

Can Veganuary help your vision health?

Veganuary has become a popular trend for many different reasons. Some wish to reduce the amount of meat for ethical reasons, and some do it for their health.

Following a healthy diet is vital for your overall wellbeing and can positively impact your eye health. Your eyes need essential vitamins and minerals to function correctly, including omega-3 and vitamins A, C and E. By following a vegan or vegetarian diet, you will likely be eating more fruit, vegetables and grains which can have significant health benefits.

However, it’s crucial that if you are cutting out meat, fish, and other animal products, you find plant-based alternatives to maintain a balanced diet. There is more information out there than ever before on following a vegan or vegetarian diet, without negatively impacting your health.

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