Tinnitus is a condition that affects one in ten 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, that have been reported to help this condition. There are also foods which can help and foods that can make things worse.
Foods to avoid:
Salt, or sodium as it is commonly known as on food package labels, 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.
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.
Reduce your caffeine, especially 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 herbal tea such as chamomile or lime flower to help relaxation, is a great first step in getting a better night’s sleep – and can help the symptoms of tinnitus to settle.
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 and bananas
One fabulous food to eat as treatment for tinnitus is pineapple. Not only is this fruit delicious, but also helps blood circulation in the body.
The high potassium level in pineapples helps lower blood pressure, allowing your whole body to get the circulation and supply that it needs to stay healthy, therefore relieving your tinnitus. Other fruits with high potassium levels are bananas, papayas, mangos and pears.
Vampires might hate it but it’s certainly good treatment for tinnitus. 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 odourless 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 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, could help you feel a sense of relief over your tinnitus symptoms.