Eating Well Affects Hearing Health (part 1)

It’s now 2016, and many people have made resolutions to eat better and be healthier. That is a good practice to continue into the future!

Eating well isn’t just for feeling better — it can lead to better hearing as well! That’s right, eating certain foods does affect your hearing. Now, eating the right foods for better hearing does not mean that a person can go to live concerts or use loud power tools without using proper ear protection and expect to maintain optimal hearing. Practicing full-body wellness typically begins with what we put into our bodies. The old adage of “garbage in equates to garbage out” holds true for both our bodies and our hearing health.

Keep in mind that your body is a complex organism. Too much of a good thing may end in bad results, so it is always best to check with your physician before making any rash decisions about your diet or vitamins and minerals that promote hearing health.

With that said, here are some good guideposts for food, vitamin, and mineral intake for better hearing. Please remember that some foods might not be good for your specific health needs, so there may be alternative foods that can provide the nutrients to achieve the goal of maintaining better hearing.

Mineral: potassium
Foods high in potassium include but are not limited to the following: almonds, apricots, artichokes, bananas, beef, blackberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, carrots, chocolate (semisweet, dark), grapefruit, low-fat milk, oranges, potatoes, raisins, salmon, tuna, soy milk, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turkey, and low-fat yogurt.

For a more detailed list, you can click on this link:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/high-potassium-foods-topic-overview

Potassium helps control fluid in your body. Because our inner ear depends on potassium to translate noise into electrical impulses interpreted by the brain as sound, it is important to keep our potassium at the proper levels.

We always hear the saying about eating a well-balanced diet for healthy living. That is true. The same holds true with respect to healthy hearing. Again, just be sure that the foods outlined above are in accordance with your physician’s agreed dietary allowances. So, eat well and hear well in 2016! May it be your best year to date!

Sources include: WebMD, Health.com, fitday.com, and the National Institutes of Health

This is part one of four in this series. Stay tuned for the upcoming information on folic acid (vitamin B), magnesium, zinc, antioxidants (vitamins C & E), and vitamin D.