Eating Well Affects Hearing Health (part 2)

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.

In part 1 of this series, we reviewed the mineral potassium. Today’s blog reviews folic acid.

Vitamin: B or folic acid
Foods high in folic acid include but are not limited to the following: fortified* breakfast cereal, enriched* macaroni, cooked spinach, beef liver, peas, asparagus, white rice, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, and lentils.

*Strange but true: (from WebMD) “The man-made form of this vitamin is actually absorbed better by our bodies than the natural form is. So even if a woman eats a well-balanced diet, she may not get the extra folic acid she needs to prevent birth defects unless she also takes a supplement.”

Folic acid (vitamin B9 or folate) is essential for nearly every type of bodily function. It makes red blood cells, helps cell metabolism and protein production, and helps avoid cell mutation.

Studies published by the National Institutes of Health and others have shown that low levels of folic acid cause age-related hearing loss. Blood circulation is important for keeping hair cells of the inner ear healthy and working correctly.

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 two of four in this series. Stay tuned for the upcoming information on magnesium, zinc, antioxidants (vitamins C & E), and vitamin D.