Hear that? That’s the sound of your eardrums thanking you for clicking on this blog post. We all know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what about your ear health? Just like maintaining a strong core and practicing self-care are crucial for living your best life, so is keeping your hearing in tip-top shape.
Here at AfterShokz, our #ShokzSquad’s safety and prolonged healthy hearing rank among our top priorities. Although an apple may not be included this time around, we’ve rounded up a few different foods and snacks that are packed with all the nutrients needed to ensure your hearing stays clear and crisp for years to come. Next time you’re packing your lunch, make sure to throw in some of these foods to improve your ear health!
Pile On The Potassium - Potatoes, Raisins, Apricots, Spinach, Lima Beans
You may know potassium helps to reduce cramping after a long-distance run, but it’s also a great vitamin for keeping your ears in check. As we age, the fluid levels in our inner ear tend to drop, causing problems hearing or even presbycusis (the most common type of hearing loss). Adding potassium-rich foods such as spinach and apricots to your diet is an easy way to keep that fluid regulated and ensure your ears are as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.
Think Zinc - Beef, Almonds, Split Peas, Lentils, Dark Chocolate
If you’re prone to ear infections or you struggle with a weak immune system, you may be missing out on getting your daily dose of zinc. This mineral is known for its increased cell-growth and healing properties and can be consumed to help ward off infections that can compromise ear health. Incorporating zinc-rich foods into your upcoming meal prep plans is a no-brainer, but be sure to consult with a physician first, as it may negatively interact with certain antibiotics and diuretics.
Fuel Up with Folic Acid - Kale, Asparagus, Orange Juice, Fortified Cereals, Rice
Feed cell growth and help increase circulation when you add foods containing folic acid to your pantry. Veggie-heavy meals packed with asparagus or kale are an easy way to up your intake without having to branch out from your typical food palate. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a dish with beef liver or wheat germ for dinner sometime soon. In addition to fortifying the hair cells in your inner ear, folic acid also works to prevent changes to your DNA that may lead to cancer, as well as other chronic ailments.
Make it with Magnesium - Bananas, Artichokes, Tofu, Seeds, Salmon
You’ve heard of superfoods, but what about superminerals? Recent studies on magnesium have shown evidence that the mineral can protect the ears from hearing loss by acting as a sound barrier when consumed along with Vitamins A, C, and E. Scientists believe that the mineral combats the effects of free radicals that are emitted during loud noises, making the delicate hairs of the inner ear more resilient against damage. Getting your fill of magnesium-rich snacks like seeds and bananas can also ensure your inner ear is getting the right amount of oxygen for a more dynamic and clearer hearing experience.
Omega 3s, Please! - Flaxseed Oil, Soybean Oil, Walnuts, Sardines, Chia Seeds
In addition to the more commonly known anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits of Omega 3 fats, these minerals have also been shown to effectively combat hearing loss. According to a 2010 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Omega 3s can reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss by 42 percent, allowing your ears to stay sharper for longer. Regardless of age, you may already be incorporating anti-aging products into your skincare routine. Why shouldn’t your ears get the same treatment? Adding more fatty fish, seed oils, and even nuts to your diet means more live shows, listening to more podcasts and playing your favorite playlist without worrying too much about tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or other significant longterm effects.