Did you know that heart health and hearing health are related? Every function in the body is dependent on the heart, so heart health is important to overall health, as well as hearing health!
Your Heart and Hearing Health
Heart health and hearing health have an inextricable connection. Both cardiovascular function and blood circulation are essential to hearing health.
As we’ve all heard before, a diet rich in unprocessed whole foods can keep our bodies working well and also prevent hearing issues. Processed foods can increase the risk of heart disease and raise “bad” cholesterol levels. Dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss were also connected with elevated blood lipids.
Great news, however: the earth bears an abundance of healthy whole foods that protect heart as well as hearing health. Some examples of heart-healthy wholesome foods are coffee, spinach, dark chocolate, almonds, red wine, blueberries, wild-caught fish and many other tasty foods.
Try out this easy one-day example of heart-healthy meals that may help provide ideas for how to eat for heart and hearing health.
• Omelette with veggies, berries and coffee
Scramble 2 eggs and pour a heated, oiled pan. Use a good fat like coconut oil or butter if possible. After it cooks a couple minutes, add cooked vegetables and cheese in the middle, and roll the egg up around the filling. Veggies such as avocado, onions, spinach, mushrooms, and even salsa are great! Omelets are great topped with sour cream and some green onions or chives!
Coffee and berries furnish nutrients and antioxidants that help you have a great day!
• Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato: B.L.A.T. salad and water
A carb-free alternative to the BLT, this salad adds great flavor and good fats with avocado, which is heart-healthy. This lunch is delicious and satisfying:it won’t make you sluggish in the afternoon. Use organic greens to be sure to include a good mixture of nutrients.
You can also make your own salad dressing! Inexpensive and easy, it’s a healthier choice when you compare them to commercial dressings, which often include artificial flavors, unhealthy oils, preservatives and colors. A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar with a spoonful of mustard makes a tasty mustard vinaigrette!
• Make your own trail mix!
Store-bought trail mix is delicious but can be expensive and contain ingredients you don’t prefer. Luckily, trail mix is so easy to make and can be less expensive than pre-made. Fill a zip lock bag with dark chocolate pieces, nuts and dried fruit like raisins or cranberries. Your healthy trail mix is customized and complete, not to mention very filling!
• Wild-caught salmon filet with salt, pepper and lemon juice
• Red wine
Wild-caught fish is the best choice, because it is more heart-healthy than farmed. Wild-caught salmon has a healthy dose of omega-3 fats and other great nutrients. lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper, make a great marinade and dressing for salmon.
Red wine is full of heart-healthy antioxidants, so feel free to indulge in one serving!
• Brazil Nuts and Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is amazing–it includes magnesium to relieve stress as well as other nutrients and antioxidants. Be sure to get high quality dark chocolate, choosing organic if possible, with a high percentage of cacao (70 or above is ideal).
Brazil nuts also contain magnesium and are heart-healthy–and they go great with chocolate!
Heart Healthy is Hearing Healthy!
Heart health and hearing health are connected, so we have to be aware of our overall health. Exercise at least a little every day (just a walk around the block will do!) and eat whole, unprocessed foods–these steps can make a big difference in overall health and also protect your hearing.
FREE Hearing Screening Celebrating Better Hearing Month
California Hearing Center invites you to come in for your Free Hearing Screening. When it comes to your hearing health, prevention is still the best medicine! No-obligation. Every Friday during the month for May 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All ages welcome – No appointment necessary