Some doctors have tied poor circulation to ear problems such as Meniere’s disease and tinnitus. I have written previously about both vinpocetine and ginkgo biloba as supplements to help circulation in the inner ear. There are other things to consider.
Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a common disorder. It occurs when cholesterol, fat and other substances build up in the walls of arteries. This build-up can block the arteries and cause problems throughout the body–including in your inner ear.
Dr. S. Rosen, published the results of a study that followed two group of patients. The first group was in mental hospital where they were fed a high saturated fat diet. The second group was in another mental hospital that served a diet where polyunsaturated fats were substituted for the saturated fats. After five years, a hearing test was administered to both groups. The hearing in the second group was better than the first at all frequencies. At that time, the diets were switched in the two groups. At the end of four years, another hearing test was administered and the hearing in the high fat group had deteriorated and hearing in the other group had improved. There are other tests linking circulation to good ear health.
I explained earlier that I did not see dramatic improvements coming from a low sodium diet but that I was sold on the overall health benefits of such a diet. For that reason, I adopted the low sodium diet. The tenets of a heart healthy diet have also won me over. I can eat a diet good for my veins and blood flow. If I get healthy ears along the way, I will be forever grateful.
The Mayo clinic website lists five foods to eat to improve your cholesterol levels
- oatmeal, oat bran and high-fiber foods
- walnuts, almonds and other nuts
- fish especially mackeral, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon
- olive oil
- foods with added plant sterols or stanols
It should be relatively easy to incorporate those foods into your diet.
A folk remedy found for both Meniere’s disease and tinnitus is apple cider vinegar. I have seen it suggested to dissolve one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of water and drink that twice a day. Interestingly enough, apple cider vinegar is also known for its ability to eliminate guanidine from the body. When guanidine reaches high levels in the body, it causes calcium and other elements to block your circulation. So the ingestion of apple cider vinegar helps your circulation.
Along with improving your diet, you should also make the lifestyle changes to help increase your circulation. Topping the list should be exercise. Exercise is has been shown to both lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.
Other lifestyle changes to consider would be to lose weight and to quit smoking.
Here’s to a healthier heart and healthier ears.