The demands of today’s computer-centric culture are tough in many ways and can have negative effects on many different aspects of health.
Posture, the ability to breathe deeply and effectively, and even the health of our eyes can all be damaged by spending too much time in front of the computer, as millions of people do every day.
I was certainly one of them earlier this spring, as I worked a full-time job and then came home and worked on this website and Facebook page virtually every day.
Eventually, my health began to suffer in some ways, in particular the health the area around my eyes.
A constant, frustrating eye twitch found its way into my life, and it had a pretty strong hold on me.
I tried to relax a little more and tried to get my mind, body and eyes to relax. But in this case, the problem causing my “computer eye twitch” actually turned out to be mostly related to a nutritional deficiency.
After many weeks of a looking like someone tweaked out on way too much coffee (even though I don’t even drink coffee) because of my eye twitch, I finally started to get it under control.
Simple Lifestyle Changes for “Computer Eye Twitch”
Many of the best ways to combat a twitching eye, and eye health problems in general, from too much computer use are simple yet quite difficult for many of us to do consistently because of our jobs and overuse of computers. It’s all about having the mindset that you’re going to do the little things each day to make the change.
-Blink more often: dry eyes can result from too much computer time, as we tend to do this less while working.
-Take a short break every 30 minutes, even if it’s just to get up and stretch or walk around. This is vital for both eye health your overall health; even a little bit of movement helps to increase blood flow.
-Splash water on your face and under your eyes during bathroom breaks. I’ve found that cold water helps most.
-Exercise your eyes by rolling them and/or glancing across the room out of different corners (don’t worry about what your coworkers might think)!
-Rub your palms until they get a bit warm then cover your eyes with them for a minute to help them to relax a bit in between computer sessions.
The Mineral Deficiency Causing My “Computer Eye Twitch”
While the lifestyle changes helped a lot, the best solution I found to finally get rid of my computer eye twitch was to supplement consistently with magnesium. The free supplements I mentioned earlier from Omica Organics were magnesium-containing sprays that helped a great deal when used once a day, but it wasn’t until I started applying them consistently that I began to see real results.
A large majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium, which is a crucial element that is being stripped from our soil by chemical farming and poor soil rotation among other factors.
Some of the best sources of magnesium are pumpkin seeds, other nuts and seeds, spinach, black beans and swiss chard. Eating these foods throughout the day will help a lot, but it’s tough to tell how much Mg you’re getting since soil quality varies so much. Organic is always best.
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., a popular health advocate, recommends magnesium for all types of “twitches” including leg, muscle spasms, and other twitches such as under the eye.
When I originally came to my naturopath with questions about how to get rid of my own under-eye twitch problem, she didn’t even hesitate: “You need more magnesium.”
A biofeedback test to measure my levels confirmed that I had a magnesium deficiency, and I began adding another magnesium supplement in the form of a powdered drink mix to my routine.
I still spend way too much time on the computer, something I admit freely, but my under-eye twitch has gone away for good by taking more consistent breaks and getting more magnesium.
Considering that magnesium supplements like this one from my favorite new supplement company Activation Products may also be able to reduce your risk for sudden cardiac events including strokes, it may be a good idea to ask your holistic doctor if you’re deficient as well, and start eating more leafy greens and nuts to get more in your diet.
Thanks for reading!