Foods that can help relieve tinnitus

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30/05/18
Tinnitus is a condition that affects 1 in 10 adults in the UK, and many people around the world. A Tinnitus cure hasn’t yet been found however there are many ways that are thought to help relieve your symptoms.

There is a form of treatment for Tinnitus, such as sound therapy and removal of excess ear wax, these have been reported to help those who suffer. So, we’ve decided to put together a guide which might also help with your Tinnitus; the top foods that can help relieve the symptoms that relate to Tinnitus.

Foods to avoid!

Salt

We’ll start with the foods that are best to avoid, that could cause Tinnitus to act up. Salt, or sodium as it is commonly known as on food package labels nowadays, is thought to be key food to avoid if you’re experiencing this condition. Salt is related to a higher blood pressure level which can affect the blood flow to your ears and can activate your Tinnitus.

Alcohol and Smoking

As well as salt, alcohol and smoking are also associated with high blood pressure and the exacerbation of Tinnitus. Having your blood pressure under control can contribute to the relieving of the symptoms caused by Tinnitus.

Sweets

Unfortunately, those late-night sweets might be making your Tinnitus worse. Your brain relies on the supply of oxygen and glucose in the bloodstream to function correctly. Too much intake of sugar can disrupt this process and could have an adverse effect on your Tinnitus and hearing.

Caffeine

In a previous blog, we mentioned that, according to a study by Deaf Research UK, caffeine is not Tinnitus in anyway. However, it is recommended that the amount of caffeine consumed is reduced, particularly before you go to bed. Tinnitus causes sleep problems and having the extra caffeine in your system won’t help matters. Swapping your coffee for a decaffeinated beverage is a great first step in getting a better night’s sleep – and can help the symptoms of Tinnitus to settle.

Fast Food

If you are living with Tinnitus it may be ideal to cook from home, many fast food items are a concoction of several things – like salt, sugar and more. These all might intensify your Tinnitus. Whenever possible, people suffering with Tinnitus should avoid processed food and opt for more natural meals. 

Foods to eat! 

Pineapple, Bananas and more 

Just because many things are associated with Tinnitus doesn’t mean there are not foods we can still enjoy! One food to eat as treatment for Tinnitus is pineapple. Not only is this Brazilian fruit delicious, but also helps blood circulation in the body. The high potassium level in pineapples help lower blood pressure, allowing your whole body to get the circulation and supply that it needs to stay healthy, thus relieving you Tinnitus. Other fruits with high potassium levels are bananas, papayas, mangos and pears! It is important to note that consuming too much potassium can lead to health problems and so following the daily recommended allowance is always advised.

Garlic

Vampires might hate it but it’s certainly good treatment for Tinnitus, garlic! In recent studies, garlic has been seen to prevent Tinnitus and hearing loss relieving the symptoms surrounding Tinnitus, making it a valuable addition to your meal plan if you haven’t done so already! Whether you’d rather use odorless garlic supplements or add a few cloves to your cooking, garlic can help increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation in the body. This allows the blood supply in your body to get to everywhere it’s needed without high blood pressure or inflammation stopping it – a big bonus in helping relieve Tinnitus.

Zinc

Zinc supplements are another suggestion if you’re suffering from Tinnitus and have a zinc deficiency. Studies have shown that a zinc deficiency can, not only, have an effect of your overall health but also on your hearing, particularly when relating to Tinnitus. Having zinc supplements or introducing foods with high zinc levels to your diet is a great way to help your deficiency and sets you in the right direction for relieving Tinnitus. Foods that have a high level of zinc are; seafood (cooked oysters is a great example), beef and lamb (lean is always better!) and spinach (which also has a high level of iron – another vitamin which is a must have when looking at foods that can relieve Tinnitus).

These all may not be a Tinnitus cure but by watching the foods you eat along with other treatments for Tinnitus, such as sound therapy and ear wax removal, these tips could help you feel a sense of relief over your Tinnitus symptoms.

If you’re worried you might be suffering from Tinnitus and hearing loss, book your appointment today.

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