Picture of healthy foodWe all know eating healthy foods is a good thing. We know it can help strengthen our bones, heal our muscles and even improve our moods.

But did you know that your diet can influence your quality of hearing?

Let’s take a look at how what you hear could depend on what you eat.

Seek Out Your Minerals

Minerals are found in the earth and are absolutely crucial for healthy hearing. The most important minerals for your ears include:

Zinc

Zinc is known as the “healing mineral.” It strengthens the immune system, facilitates healthy cell production and aids in healing wounds.

This makes it a prime defense against chronic ear infections that can lead to hearing issues. Zinc has also been linked to a decrease in tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, in people with average hearing. Zinc can affect the effectiveness of certain medications, so always seek your doctor’s input before cranking up on the Zinc in your diet.

Some good Zinc sources include:

  • Peanuts, almonds, cashews
  • Beans and lentils
  • Oysters
  • Pork and beef
  • Dark-meat chicken
  • Dark Chocolate

Magnesium

Magnesium, in conjunction with A, C and E vitamins, has been shown to be a protection from noise-related hearing impairment. This mineral reduces the impact of free radicals brought on by loud sounds, safeguarding the fragile hairs of the inner ear. Magnesium also improves oxygen flow through expanding blood vessels, allowing the inner ear to better manage its functions.

The best sources of magnesium include:

  • Spinach
  • Bananas
  • Artichokes
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli

Folic Acid

Folic acid is known best as a regenerator of cells and an enhancer of your body’s circulation. Proper circulation is vital for healthy ear functioning.

Good foods with folic acid include:

  • Avocado
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Collard and turnip greens
  • Asparagus
  • Organ meats

Potassium

Potassium is the regulator of how much fluid is accessible to your body tissue and blood. Your inner ear relies on this fluid to interpret the sounds you hear through electrical impulses to the brain. Potassium levels fall as we age, making it all the more important to keep your intake adequate.

Potassium-rich foods include:

  • Apricots and oranges
  • Milk and yogurt
  • Lima beans
  • Tomatoes

Maintain Your Vitamins

Along with minerals, vitamins work wonders to ensure your proper auditory functioning.

Vitamin A

Giving power to your immune system, Vitamin A can be found in many fruits and vegetables. But the punch-packer is pumpkin, with more than 200% of your daily recommended amount of this vitamin.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C does more than just buffer your immune functioning. Its antioxidant power protects your body from free radicals. This aspect of Vitamin C protects the cellular components of your inner ear.

Vitamin B: Folate

As part of the Vitamin B family, this water-soluble nutrient supports nervous system functioning, vascular health and cellular metabolism.

When striving to ensure proper nutrition to support your auditory system, you can’t go wrong with a rainbow on your plate. Each color of fruits and veggies communicate certain vitamins. Aiming for the colors of the rainbow will ensure you’re getting them all.