Research seems to confirm a relationship between a healthy cardiovascular system and hearing health. As most of you know, optimal nutrition should be based around “whole foods” – fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, vegetable juices and virgin olive oil. The jury is still out in regard to meat and dairy products, but it is quite clear that meats in general should be free of hormones and antibiotics. “Dead” foods (anything preheated, refined/processed), all processed vegetable oils, margarine, genetically modified products and aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet) should also be avoided, particularly if microwaving.
Although I am not a nutritionist, nutritional supplements are probably appropriate for most people. Even though supplements alone cannot provide a complete range of micronutrients that our bodies need to function optimally, they are necessary to counteract basic nutritional deficiencies due to poor eating habits, to treat current health problems, to enhance the immune system and to counteract any nutritional losses due to prescription medications. Possible supplements might include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Ginkgo Biloba, garlic and fish oil. Other substances such as coenzyme Q10, DHEA, Melatonin and Alpha-Lipoic Acid might be appropriate also. Regular exercise is vital for both cardiovascular fitness and better hearing health.
Research clearly confirms that if we eat right and exercise daily, our overall health will be improved. Although prevention of hearing loss as a function of aging cannot be completely stopped, there are certainly ways to “slow down” the process. The combination of a nutritionally optimal diet, exercise and appropriate hearing aids will lead to a more active lifestyle and improve quality of life.
Dr. Izzy and his staff are always available to answer your questions about hearing care. Feel free to visit our website at www.gardenstatehearing.com