Consuming foods with high levels of salt is linked to under-eye bags.

What comes to mind when you read the word “micronutrient”? To most, it’s a foreign word, but to the nutritional community it refers to crucial vitamins and minerals that every human needs in order to function and survive.

Common salt contains sodium, which is a micronutrient essential for human life. But it’s a double-edged sword. Consume too little salt, and you could experience headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, and worse, potentially life-threatening conditions. Consume too much salt, and you’ll experience blood pressure, edema, loss of calcium, and a whole host of other conditions that can also be potentially life-threatening.

Over Indulgence in Salt = Bags Under Eyes

In the beauty realm, excess salt intake is known to cause the body to retain water and bloat, which affects your under eye appearance.

So what’s a person to do? First, examine your diet by recalling what you consumed and referring to the nutrition facts to determine the culprit. Seriously, you have no excuse… Smart phones have made it absurdly easy to track macronutrients and micronutrients with apps like My Fitness Pal, Loseit, Sparkpeople, etc.

It’s also known that processed foods tend to contain too much sodium. Be aware that the frozen food section of your grocer is laced with higher levels of sodium in order to preserve the food for longer periods of time. Additionally, fatty meats, canned beans, and other foods you may not expect can contain high amounts of salt.

So are you serious about getting rid of those puffy eyes? Really serious? Your first step should be to prepare fresh, home-cooked meals.

After that, if you find that salt has still stolen your glow, give these home remedies a try:

  • Drink water. Salt causes the body to be dehydrated which leads to water retention. To de-bloat and de-bag, drink plenty of water.
  • Eat potassium-rich foods. Bananas, avocados, spinach, sweet potato, coconut water, yogurt and other potassium-rich foods will reduce water retention.
  • Drink a diuretic such as no-sugar-added cranberry juice. Cranberry juice will help your body pass excess sodium and water.
  • Apply cool cucumber slices or tea bags over the eyes for 20 minutes daily. The combination of cool + vitamins soothes the skin and reduces swelling of fragile under-eye skin.
  • You can also apply chilled spoons or frozen bags of peas if you’re in a real time-crunch. If you can’t find 20 minutes per day, how about 5 minutes? We know everyone can manage that. Your eyes will respond to the TLC, we promise. 🙂

Most importantly….for Eye’s sake, put down the salt! Also let everyone know in the comments what other life hacks you have for treating under-eye bags!

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