Can the food that you eat make your ear-ringing worse or even leave you completely deaf?
Have you ever noticed that some days your tinnitus seems to worsen for no reason? Could there be a link between what you eat and your ear ringing? Find below the surprising link between some of your favorite foods and tinnitus!
Salicylates: these popular fruits and veggies increase your ear buzzing
SCIENCE SAYS: Salicylates are naturally occurring chemicals that protect plants against bacteria, pests and disease.
Salicylate is also the active component found in aspirin. At low dosages, it has mild analgesic properties. But at higher dosages, it can become dangerous.
In a recent study published by the Center for Hearing and Deafness, Texas, scientists proved that a high quantity of salicylates can induce hearing loss and ear-ringing both in humans and animals.
Moreover, according to the Journal of Neurosciences, if you suffer from tinnitus, you can experience a worsening of your symptoms when exposed to salicylates.
AVOID THIS: dried fruit (blackberries, blueberries, boysenberry, oranges, pineapples, raisins, raspberries, strawberries and tangerines), vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, and canned green olives), other foods, such as: almonds, peanuts with skins on, coconut oil, olive oil, processed lunch meats, corn syrup, honey, jams and peppermint.
MSG: the weird link between Tinnitus and Chinese food
SCIENCE SAYS: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is well-known as a flavor enhancer but it also happens to be an “excitatory neurotransmitter”. What this means is that MSG can increase the levels of electrical activity in your brain and auditory cortex.
Chinese food contains high amounts of MSG. During the 1960’, there was an outbreak of sickness from people eating in Chinese restaurants. This was later known as “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”, and people began to stay away from MSG.
AVOID THIS: besides Chinese food, pretty much everything. Avoid packaged and processed foods, such as potato chips, frozen dinners, cold cuts, gravies, ranch dressing and salty flavored snacks. Moreover, according to the American Tinnitus Association, the popular artificial sweetener aspartame, reportedly can worsen T symptoms in people who are sensitive to this additive.
Trans Fats: do you want your ears to stop ringing? Then throw away these foods now!
SCIENCE SAYS: According to Harvard scientists and basically every respectable researcher, trans Fats (trans-unsaturated fatty acids) are the worse fat for the heart, blood vessels and the rest of the body.
Saturated and trans fats are dangerous to you because they reduce blood flow. Following a low fat/low cholesterol diet can help reduce your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which can result in improvement in tinnitus symptoms.
AVOID THIS: The most common are fried foods like doughnuts, and baked goods including cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, frozen pizza, cookies, crackers, and stick margarines and other spreads.
Bonus: Sugar, Salt, and Beverages – this is what they do to your brain
You should also pay attention to your sugar consumption levels. According to a breakthrough study coming from the Federal University of Rio Grande School of Medicine, in Brazil, people who limited their sugar intake reported less ear-ringing or even complete resolution.
Salt, on the other hand, restricts your blood vessels. This, in turn increases blood pressure within the major arteries while reducing blood flow into the ears, causing discomfort.
Finally, you should avoid beverages which contain salicylates. These include as red wine, rum, beer, cider, sherry or brandy. Also, avoid drinks with a high level of caffeine, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate or energy drinks. According to some researchers, caffeine may increase your blood pressure, thus stimulating your brain cells’ activity responsible for your ear-ringing.
Remember, there are multiple causes which may influence your tinnitus. Experiment for a week at least some dietary changes and see what works for you best. Avoiding some of the foods listed above will also be beneficial for your overall health as well.