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Most everyone knows another person who suffers from a loss of hearing. This loss can be a devastating problem in life. Today, however, we do have many ways the auditory impaired can be helped. Probably the first choice is listening devices. Now we also have surgery and other procedures to help people with this loss. Today we are also learning that different minerals can boost a persons’ auditory faculty.
To help our body to function properly, and for our overall good health minerals play a key role. For example, calcium builds strong teeth as well as bones. To boost our immune system, we need to make certain our body receives sufficient zinc. Many people are not aware that our body needs some critical elements to protect our auditory faculty.
Minerals are inorganic substances. They can be found in soils and rocks. They provide the essential nutrients our body must have to survive and to carry out our daily functions. Minerals come to us when we eat plants that absorb them from the earth and when we eat meat as most animals graze on plants. Some key minerals help to preserve good hearing.
The first is potassium. It has the responsibility to regulate the amount of fluid in both your blood and body tissue. The reason it is important to your hearing health is because the fluid in the inner ear is dependent on a rich amount of potassium. As we get older these levels naturally drop. If this happens it can be a contributing factor for presbycusis (age-related auditory issues).
There are many different kinds of potassium-rich foods. Some of these include apricots, raisins, tomatoes, lima beans, spinach, potatoes, bananas, milk, yogurt, oranges, and melons.
Another is folic acid. This is critical as it is the element in your body that generates new cell growth. After several studies have been completed, they have discovered that low levels of folic acid, in the blood, seem more likely to develop presbycusis. Some studies have indicated that taking folic acid supplements may slow down your hearing loss.
You will find folic acid in asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and organ meats.
Another important mineral to prevent or reduce the possibility is magnesium. Studies have revealed that magnesium acts almost like a protective barrier, in the inner ear, for delicate hair cells. Unfortunately, if you do not have sufficient magnesium this can cause issues in the inner ear such as shrinkage of the blood vessels, which deprives it of valuable oxygen.
You can increase the amount of magnesium in your body by eating more fruits and vegetables. These include broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, artichokes, and bananas.
Zinc is also important as it helps to boost your body’s immune system. It is also responsible for cell growth as well as healing wounds. It has the potential to also fight off germs causing the common cold and also ear infections. Different studies indicate it is also a way to treat tinnitus in individuals who have normal auditory faculty. It is important for you to first contact your physician, before using any supplements, as some might interfere with antibiotics and diuretics.
Zinc will be found in the dark meats from chicken, pork, and beef. You will also find it in cashews, peanuts, almonds, beans, oysters, lentils, splits peas, and dark chocolate.
Omega 3 Fats and Vitamin D are also good for your health. One study shows this mineral can reduce the risk of presbycusis by more than 40%. Omega 3s are also beneficial for brain function.
You will find Omega 3 in flaxseed oil, sardines, soybean oil, krill oil, and flaxseed oil.
One way to know you are eating properly, to improve the overall health of your body, is to eat a “colorful diet.” This results in you eating a wider variety of foods.
If you have a healthy, balanced diet your body should be able to produce enough of the essential minerals to help it function normally. Hearing loss can be helped by eating a balanced diet which does not include processed foods. Your diet should include vitamins derived from whole foods. These foods will provide for your overall health. It is important to check with your doctor before including any supplements in your diet.
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