We know how important a proper diet is for our overall health, but what about when it comes to something as specific as our hearing? Do you know what your body needs to protect your hearing health? While a balanced diet should help you produce enough essential minerals, it’s worth being conscious of foods that you may be skipping out on and ultimately missing out on their benefits for your ears.
Potatoes are not only versatile and delicious, they’re great sources of potassium and magnesium. As we age, the level of fluid in our inner ear drops which can lead to hearing loss – potassium helps regulate that fluid. Magnesium acts like a sort of protective barrier for the hair cells in the inner ear which is good for your ears when you’re exposed to loud noises.
Studies show adults with low levels of folic acid in their blood have a higher risk of developing presbycusis, a type or sensorineural hearing loss. To increase your folic acid levels, add spinach to your diet. Spinach also contains potassium and magnesium.
Nuts like cashews, almonds, and peanuts contain zinc, which helps your body fight off nasty germs that can cause a cold and ear infections. If you’re allergic to nuts, beef, pork, and dark chocolate are also good sources of zinc.
The list of benefits of Omega 3 on your health is extensive. As it relates to hearing loss, Omega 3 helps the brain send signals to your ear more effectively. According to The National Campaign for Better Hearing, a recent study showed that Omega 3 can reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss. Fish, like salmon and sardines, and fish oils are a great source of Omega 3.
As in all cases, always consult your doctor before making any diet changes. If you have questions about hearing loss or feel you may be experiencing hearing loss, contact New Generation Hearing Centers today!