What better way to celebrate the warm weather after a long winter than with a bit of relaxing time outside gardening? Strap on your hats, apply plenty of sunscreen and prepare to make your garden helpful to your hearing! Whether you have a small patch of earth or a flourishing vegetable patch, there is something truly rewarding about growing your own food. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), 35 percent of all households in America are growing food at home or in a community garden — up 17 percent from 2013! Americans are discovering gardening is a good way to get exercise, spend more time outdoors, and teach kids the importance of eating healthier.
Vegetables for Improved Hearing Health
Not only does gardening create a healthier lifestyle, it can also help improve your hearing health. Here are some of the vegetables you may want to plant in your garden that could improve your hearing health:
• Spinach, broccoli, and asparagus
What do these vegetables have in common? Folic acid. According to a Dutch study, participants who were given a folic acid supplement had less low-frequency hearing loss than those receiving a placebo. Folic acid reduces the number of free radicals in your body that can damage the delicate tissue in your inner ear.
• Artichokes, broccoli, and potatoes
Can you guess what artichokes, broccoli, and potatoes have in common? The answer is Magnesium! According to an article in the 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, people with a magnesium deficiency are more at risk for developing hearing loss as a result of noise damage, ototoxicity or auditory hyper- excitability.
• Bell peppers
See if you can sneak some bell peppers into your garden this year and you and your loved ones may have reduced incidences of ear infections. Why? Because bell peppers have lots of Vitamin E! This vitamin also helps defend against free radicals, which in turn helps strengthen your immune system.
Be Vigilant in Your Garden
You are now on your way to growing the right vegetables to benefit your hearing health, but when was the last time you had your hearing tested? One of the first signs of high- frequency hearing loss is the inability to hear high-pitched sounds, like birds singing or
crickets chirping. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is an indicator of a bigger problem. When was the last time you heard leaves rustle through the trees? If you can’t remember, it’s time to come in and see us for a free hearing evaluation! Normal age- related hearing loss begins early in adulthood and gradually progresses so it is often difficult to detect. The sooner you get your hearing health on track the sooner you will be hearing familiar, beautiful sounds like these again!
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