Puffy under eyes occur for a manner of reasons but can be controlled through some healthy diet changes according to an expet. From stress to lack of sleep, weather changes to dehydration, eye bags can pop up when we least expect them and may be a cause of concern for some people.
Eat less salt
Food that is high in sodium can contribute to the appearance of under-eye bags.
This is because salt encourages fluid retention in the body and can result in fluid buildup under the eyes, according to the optometrist.
Mr Patel said: “A reduction in salt intake may assist with reducing puffiness.”
Even foods that do not taste salty can be high in sodium so it is vital to check the nutritional value of items.
According to the NHS: “Adults should eat no more than six grams of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around one teaspoon.”
Include more iron-rich foods in your diet
Anaemia, caused by iron deficiency, is among the most common causes of dark circles beneath the eyes.
This is because iron is essential for haemoglobin production in the body.
Haemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to the rest of the cells in the tissues and organs of your body.
Mr Patel said: “For those that struggle with anaemia, eating iron-rich foods may also help to reduce symptoms as they allow the increase of oxygen to reach the tissues in your body and avoid the appearance of dark circles.
Iron-rich foods include:
- Some beans such as kidney beans, edamame beans and chickpeas
- Dried fruit
- Fortified breakfast cereals
- Red meat
Reduce alcohol intake
Cutting down on how many alcoholic drinks you have each week can be beneficial for a number of health reasons.
Among them is the appearance of your skin, and dark eye bags which may crop up.
The optometrist said: “Dehydration can lead to dark circles under your eyes and bags, so cutting out or reducing your intake of alcohol which contributes to dehydration may help relieve this appearance.”
The NHS recommend drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread across three days or more.
Much like when drinking alcohol, not getting enough water into the body can also lead to dehydrated under-eyes.
Mr Patel said: “It’s important we are keeping our water levels replenished each day, with experts recommending drinking around 13 cups of fluids a day for men and nine for women.”
Carrying a water bottle with you is one easy way to ensure you are consistently drinking throughout the day.