Eating Healthy for Better Hearing

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While we welcome the new year,  retrospection dawns upon us as we look back at the year that passed by. Playing through the hits and misses, we almost always find ourselves pledging to control our diet and improve our health. While we do know what’s the means to that end, we often get demotivated by how mountainous the efforts seem. So hopefully, when you read about the benefits that healthy eating has on your hearing, you will find some inspiration to stay on the track.

Recent research indicates that a nutrient-rich diet has a direct relation to the preservation of or hearing capacity. And, you needn’t worry about how old you are or how gravely impaired your hearing is. It is never too late to start something good, right? So, read on to know what are the specific nutrients we need to bring to our kitchens (you will be pleasantly surprised to know how many are so commonplace!)

Antioxidants

Free radicals are known to cause damage to the cells of our body (including the thin hair-like cochlear cells of the inner ear) that results in aging. Antioxidants help combat the notorious free radicals and thereby delay this process. Ring a bell? Yes, you guessed it right. Foods rich in antioxidants, especially folic acid, are believed to lower the possibility of hearing loss by as much as 20 percent. So, all the fuss about antioxidants being the “wonder food” are not baseless after all.

Where can you find it: Spinach, broccoli, nuts, eggs, asparagus, and liver.

Magnesium

Following in the footsteps of antioxidants, magnesium is another heavy hitter in the list. It is a cause of concern that even in a developed nation like ours, there have been widespread reports of an increase in the number of people with magnesium deficiency. What is even more astonishing is the fact that magnesium is present in everyday food like bananas and potatoes! However, irrespective of the reasons behind this, it would be wise on your part to make a conscious effort to include magnesium-rich food in your diet.

Where can you find it:  potatoes, broccoli, bananas, and artichokes.

Zinc

While it’s famous for its particularly healthy reputation during the cold and flu season, this immune booster is also known for preventing hearing loss related to aging. For all those of you who have a sweet tooth, here’s the best part: one of the best sources of zinc is dark chocolate! Need we say more?

Where else can you find it: yogurt, chicken, pumpkin seed, and cashews.

Omega 3’s & Vitamin D

Of late, these up-and-comers have been hogging the limelight, with dedicated attention from researchers and the media alike. It comes as a surprise to many that nearly everyone, at some point in their lives,  is deficient in omega 3s and vitamin D. Yes,  the only vitamin that we get without any efforts (just bathe in some sunshine and your body will make all the vitamin D that you need, isn’t that what the textbooks taught us?), does not come for free after all. This incoherence in the fact and the truth led to various researches and studies. It was found that as opposed to people with omega 3s and vitamin D deficiency, the who maintained adequate levels of these nutrients (mainly attributed to including fish in their diet), lower their risk of losing their hearing capacity with age by a whopping forty-two percent!

This magical turnaround is due to their mechanism of fortifying the blood capillaries around the fine cells of our inner ear, thereby protecting them from damage and preserving the hearing capacity.

Where can you find it: For those of you who don’t eat fish, you can benefit from including walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds in your diet

Vitamins C & E, and Glutathione

These are the established superstars from the antioxidant fraternity and have enough credit to their names to deserve a special mention. While glutathione leads from the front in protecting the body from cancerous agents, it ‘silently’ accomplishes the job of averting free radical damage to the delicate cells of our inner ear. So, it’s about time you gave the “green” signal to your veggies. Add some green tea to your diet, and you’re sure to get your glutathione levels right!

Where can you find it: green, leafy vegetables.

Being the veterans that they are, the potency of Vitamins C and E as antioxidants needs no elaboration. However, many of you may not know that both of them have been found to be extremely useful in protecting the tender cells of our internal ear organ. Since they are commonly found in our everyday foods, they make the best choice for the perfect start to following a healthy diet.

Where can you find it: citrus fruits, tomatoes, bell peppers, and green leafy vegetables.

Here you are, with some really beneficial yet simple additions that can improve your lifestyle greatly. For those of you who were still struggling to overcome that inertia and start with your new resolution of improving your health, this does not sound like such an uphill task, after all, isn’t it?

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