Are you suffering from swollen eyes lately? Puffy eyes have been linked to salty food, allergies, and sinuses. This can be a total bummer especially if you have a social event to attend. Continue reading to learn ways to manage your puffy eyes.
Reduce salt intake: If your sodium levels are elevated, then your kidneys will alarm the body to retain excess water; hence, causing puffiness under eyes. To prevent this from happening you can monitor your sodium intake. If you go out to eat at restaurants, ask for no or minimal amounts of salt. If you eat at fast food places, avoid salt on fries and soy sauce.
Tea: Herbal teas help soothe redness and irritation. You can seep the bags. And when they are cool, place them on your eyes for 20 minutes. Repeat 3 times a week or more as needed.
Cool cucumbers: Cut a cucumber into thin slices. You can take two for your eyes and save the rest for a salad or snack. Lie on your back and place the two cool cucumbers on your eyes for about 5-10 minutes. Repeat this 2-3 times a week as needed.
Egg whites: Crack open an egg and separate the yoke from the whites. Once you have the egg whites, stir them up. Get a tissue and dip about a quarter size of the tissue into the mixture and then spread it underneath your swollen eyes. Let the egg white sit there for about 10-15 minutes and rinse off. Repeat this process 2 times a week as needed.
Potatoes: I have never heard of using potatoes on puffy eyes, but this remedy was trending all over the web. You can slice any type of potato into thin circular pieces. Then you can place the potato pieces over your eyes for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed. I also read on the web that soaking the potatoes in milk for 5 minutes before putting on your puffy eyes helps as well.
Drink more water: Make sure that you are drinking eight glasses of water each day. It will keep you hydrated. If the body becomes dehydrated, it can store water in different parts of the body like the eyes.
Strawberry tops: This is a new idea that I found out from a close friend which is super creative. After you cut the tops off your strawberry, most people throw them away or throw them in the compost pile. Put the tops in a zip lock bag and place them in the freezer. Whenever your eyes are puffy, take a strawberry top out of the freezer and place it on your eyes for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Sleep: Make sure that you are getting at least eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation can cause under eye bags. You can also elevate your head to stop the swelling under your eyes. If you continue having sleepless nights, consult with your primary doctor.
Cold spoons: Placing spoons in the freezer and putting them on your eyes can help reduce the puffiness of the eyes. Repeat this process as needed.
Evaluate food consumption: Puffy eyes can be linked to food allergies. If you notice when you eat certain foods, your eyes may swell up. For me, eating shellfish causes my lips to go numb and eyes to swell. I did not know I was allergic until I had an allergy test done. Most foods that cause allergies are dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and seafood. So if you notice that your eyes are puffy every time you eat a certain food, then check with your doctor to inquire about getting an allergy test. Foods such as bananas, raisins, and cabbage are a few food items that will alleviate fluid retention.