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Tinnitus Relief Using Nutritious Foods

By Melissa Carnes Rose, Au.D. November 15, 2022
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Tinnitus is the ringing sensation in the ears in the absence of any such externally audible stimuli. Various reasons contribute to the onset of tinnitus, and tinnitus is often a symptom of an underlying medical illness or hearing loss. Thankfully, you can simply modify your diet to include more nutritious foods to help combat the negative symptoms of tinnitus.

Before moving on to the foods to include, let’s take a moment to talk about what sort of food items and other lifestyle habits we should avoid if we wish to ward off tinnitus. Research shows that smoking and alcohol intake results in increased chances of tinnitus due to increased blood pressure as a result of smoking or drinking. This is why it is best to eliminate smoking and alcohol consumption from your daily life if you intend to relieve your tinnitus. Another everyday item to cut back on is salt. Sodium is linked to increased blood pressure as well, which can result in tinnitus due to restricted blood flow within the ears.

Yet another culprit that causes tinnitus is caffeine. This means it would be wise to reduce the intake of caffeinated beverages such as tea, coffee, and soda. You can always opt for a decaffeinated alternative for your favorite beverage. The reason for reducing caffeine intake is due to the reason that caffeine often results in lack of sleep, and sleep deprivation is yet another trigger for tinnitus.

Now that we have identified the food items to avoid when dealing with tinnitus, let’s take a look at the food items that can help relieve your symptoms of tinnitus. Certain fruits are found to be particularly helpful when it comes to relieving tinnitus, especially foods that are rich in potassium. These include bananas, pears, and tropical fruits such as pineapples, papayas, and mangoes. These foods help lower the blood pressure and encourage proper blood circulation to the ears.

Potassium is a mineral that is well-known for its beneficial properties when it comes to enhancing hearing health. Be careful not to over-indulge in these delicious fruits though, since overdosing in potassium can cause health issues. Now that you know about the awesome power of these tasty fruits, go on and make yourself a delicious mango and banana smoothie!

Another food item that can help combat your tinnitus is garlic. You can add garlic to your regular cooking each day to help improve blood flow as well as decreasing any inflammation that you may have in your body. Some people like having a clove of raw garlic first thing in the morning, but that option may be a bit overpowering for others. If you do not particularly fancy the strong taste of garlic, you can opt for daily supplements of odorless garlic. Improved blood flow means more oxygen-enriched blood to your ears, which definitely means better hearing and lower chances of tinnitus.

A mineral that can help aid in tinnitus relief is Zinc. You can find this helpful nutrient in seafood such as oysters, or red meat such as beef as well as lamb. For vegetarian options for Zinc-enriched food items, you can opt for spinach which have zinc as well as iron, which improves blood supply and further enhances blood circulation that aids in tinnitus relief. Alternatively, you can opt for zinc supplements to help combat zinc deficiency, which is another cause for tinnitus. Once you enhance your daily diet to include these helpful food items, you will be able to enhance your hearing health, improve your overall health and of course, help relieve tinnitus.

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