Our health has a lot to do with what we put in our bodies and our hearing health is no different! Here are four nutrient-packed foods to give your hearing health a boost.
(The following daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.)
Potassium regulates the fluid in your inner ear which is important because, as we age, our inner ear fluid levels tend to drop which can contribute to hearing loss or presbycusis. Bananas are the perfect potassium-rich, on-the-go snack with 12% of your daily potassium value.
Spinach is a power house for hearing health. One cup of spinach has 65% of your daily folate value, 24% of your daily potassium value, 40% of your daily magnesium value and is also a good source of Zinc. You already know the value of potassium, but a lack of magnesium has been shown to shrink blood vessels in the inner ear, causing oxygen deprivation. Magnesium could act as a protective barrier to hair cells in the inner ear when loud noises are emitted. Zinc boosts the body’s immune system and helps to fight against infections that can affect the ear, and folate helps to generate new cell growth and increases circulation in your inner ear.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than spinach, avocado presents even more health benefits that your ears will love. 1 whole avocado will give you 30% of your daily potassium, 22% of your daily folate and 15% of your daily magnesium!
Three ounces of salmon will give you 42% of your daily recommended omega-3s. Omega 3s could help reduce the risk of age related hearing loss by over 40%. Omega 3s can also help brain function, sending signals between your brain and ears more effectively.
You can find these superfoods in almost every grocery store and there are so many different ways to incorporate them in your diet. Find a superfood you like and enjoy. Your ears will thank you for it!