Eat Well To Hear Well


We’ve heard since we were children that milk will keep our bones strong and carrots will keep our eyes sharp. But most people don’t know that certain foods can also help you hear well. Many foods help to maintain healthy hearing, and doing a little bit each day can go a long way toward hearing well for life.

Morning

Add bananas to your breakfast routine to get a big dose of potassium and magnesium. These nutrients have been proven to maintain body fluids, including the vital fluid in your inner ear.

Or chop that banana into some yogurt. Loud noises can cause free radicals in your bloodstream, but yogurt helps eliminate free radicals, helping to protect your ears from the damage caused by loud sounds.

You can also throw the banana and yogurt into a smoothie with some mango and kale. The extra dose of vitamins, mineral and antioxidants are great for your overall hearing health.

Midday

Greasy lunch counter options may seem faster and easier, but they’re as bad for your hearing as they are for your waistline. Dark leafy greens like spinach contain folic acid, which helps to regenerate cells in your ears. Chicken – particularly dark meat – helps prevent ear infections with its high zinc content. Throw the chicken and spinach together to make a salad, and add a few cashew nuts, which are great at fighting off infection. Now you have a delicious lunch that’s good for your waistline and your ears.

Evening

Zinc isn’t just found in chicken, but also in pork and beef. Add any of these meats to your dinner to get a dose of ear-infection prevention.

Add a side of potatoes to get your fix of magnesium, potassium and folic acid. Throw in some vegetables for extra vitamins and minerals, and you’ve got a delicious meal that will satisfy your hunger, and keep your ears healthy.

Dessert

If you like to end a meal with something sweet, enjoy a small treat baked with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is full of zinc, so it will keep your hearing healthy and your sweet tooth happy.

Eat well not just for your ears, but for your overall good health. Visit an audiologist each year to monitor any changes in your hearing or auditory health, and enjoy a lifetime of healthy hearing.