It is no big secret that Thanksgiving might be the biggest and most important meal of the year, but did you know some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes may help to improve your hearing health? Our message is simple — you are what you eat. The more we nourish our bodies the better our systems work across the board — the body’s ability to hear is no exception. So what are the traditional dishes that you can devour while also contributing to a better, more healthy hearing system? We have a list for you below!
Sweet Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole
The important nutrient found in sweet potato and green bean casserole dishes is potassium. This is a vital nutrient for regulating fluid in the inner ear, which in turn regulates balance and tinnitus. A lack out the correct nutrients in the inner ear could cause conditions such as Meniere’s Disease, which causes episodes of dizziness, tinnitus and a sense of fullness in the ears. A diet rich in potassium can help prevent Meniere’s Disease from occurring. Potassium can also be found in roasted butternut squash and even turkey — so load up and enjoy!
Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli
Greens like brussel sprouts and broccoli have something in common — folic acid. There are studies that show an insufficient level of folates in the body is linked to an increased risk of age-related hearing loss. Dark, leafy greens are rich in folates so be sure to fill up your plate! Roast or steam the vegetables and enjoy with your turkey and mashed potatoes.
Wheat Rolls and Pecan Pie
Magnesium can be found in whole wheat bread as well as nuts such as pecans. Why is magnesium vital to your hearing system? It turns out the nutrient helps maintain normal nerve function, which in turn helps reduce chances of tinnitus. The currently popular side dish Quinoa is another dish full of magnesium and it also has fewer carbohydrates than rice.
Bowl of Nuts
Pecan pie is not the only nut based food to enjoy on Thanksgiving day, be sure to put out a bowl of nuts including cashews, almonds and pistachios. These nuts are high in zinc which is a mineral that has been linked to reduction in tinnitus and presbycusis (a sensorineural hearing disorder). Since the inner ear has an extremely high concentration of zinc, maintaining a diet rich in zinc is vital for maintain healthy hearing. When everybody is hungry and waiting for the big meal to begin, put out some nuts for your guests to enjoy and their ears will thank you!
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