It’s common knowledge that using q-tips on a daily basis helps to ensure that your ears will stay at their maximum health. However, what most people don’t know about is the several other methods that exist that can also help to maintain your ear health, especially through mineral ingestion. Here’s a few examples of what you can incorporate in your diet to maximize your ear and overall health.
Magnesium-A lack of adequate magnesium in the inner ear can cause the blood vessels to shrink which in turn, deprives it of oxygen.* It is also believed that magnesium combats the effects of free radicals produced during loud noises, acting like a protective barrier for the hair cells in the inner ear.* You can find magnesium in abundance in spinach, green beans, and bananas.
Potassium-This mineral is responsible for regulating the amount of fluid in your blood and body tissue.* The fluid in the ear canal which is responsible for interpreting noises we hear into electrical impulses the brain interprets as sound, is dependent upon an abundance of potassium.* Aging causes the levels of fluid to naturally drop, potentially causing hearing loss.* Although no direct link has been found that potassium promotes better hearing health, there is a colossal amount of evidence that supports potassium being beneficial to one’s overall health.* Almonds, peas, and chard are good sources for potassium.
Zinc-Known to protect hair cells within the ear which send electrical signals to your brain, zinc also helps to support your immune system. This can decrease the likelihood of developing ear infections.* Eggs, lentils, and cashews all contain zinc.
Having a mineral-rich diet can help you decrease the chances that you’ll develop issues concerning not only your ears, but your overall health. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medical, exercise, and dietary regimen.
*sources- https://www.carecredit.com/hearing/article/improve-your-hearing/, https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/51181-Boost-your-hearing-with-these-power-foods