When we think about health awareness the first thing we typically think about is healthy food. The healthy and right food can help to nourish our bodies and cleanse us from dangerous diseases and toxins. Vitamins and minerals play an important role to keep our body healthy and functioning properly. Whatever we eat it directly affect our body. just like calcium helps to make our bones healthy some nutrients help to boost brain power, eyesight, and immune but we forget about our ear we don’t know that some minerals are critical elements for protecting your hearing health.
There are two types of hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss has been caused by viral infections such as measles, Loudspeaker exposure, Medications that damage hearing, Aging, Hereditary hearing Loss, High fevers, Stroke, Brain tumor.
Conductive hearing loss has been caused by Perforation of the eardrum, Wax build-up, Ear infections, Calcification or injury of the bones in the middle ear, Foreign objects in the ear canal.
Potassium regulates the amount of fluid in your body tissues and blood. This is important to hearing health as there is fluid in the inner ear. The inner ear is the part of the ear that translates the noise we hear around us into impulses that our brain interprets as sound. The inner ear is dependent on potassium and it is therefore imperative to have a potassium-rich diet.
As we become older, those levels, unfortunately, drop which could be one of the causes of presbycusis, the most common type of sensorineural hearing loss caused by the natural aging of the auditory system.
Potassium-rich foods include bananas, avocados, potatoes, spinach, melons, milk, oranges, apricots, tomatoes, lima beans, and yogurt.
Studies show that folic acid is critical for your body’s ability to generate new cell growth. Adults with low levels of folic acid in their blood are more likely to develop presbycusis. Research says folic acid supplements may slow down the hearing loss. The body uses folic acid to metabolize homocysteine, an inflammatory compound that reduces circulation. Good circulation is important for keeping the hair cells of the inner ear healthy and working properly.
Folate-rich foods include meats, asparagus, broccoli and spinach.
Zinc boosts your body’s immune system and is also responsible for cell growth and healing wounds. This means it can be helpful in warding off germs that cause ear infections.
Foods rich in zinc include beef, pork and dark-meat chicken, cashews, almonds, peanuts, beans, split peas, lentils, oysters, dark chocolate, oats, popped quinoa, raisins, dried cranberries, and coconut flakes.
Research conducted at the University of Michigan Kresge Hearing Research Institute has shown that people treated with magnesium were protected from noise-related hearing loss. Researchers believe the reason for this is magnesium’s ability to fight the effects of free radicals generated by loud noise, acting as a barrier that protects the hair cells in the inner ear. Lack of adequate magnesium in the inner ear causes the blood vessels to shrink as a result of a lack of oxygen.
Foods rich in magnesium include fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, artichokes, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and broccoli.
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