Tinnitus Relief Through Diet – Foods to Avoid to Relieve Tinnitus
Tinnitus and Diet – Introduction
Did you know that only about 4% of tinnitus victims ever get full relief from tinnitus? Whether you did or you didn’t, you have to agree that this is a hugely disappointing number. Here you’ll discover why this figure may be so low, and also, how you can join those successful folks and get tinnitus relief for yourself.
Root Cause of Tinnitus
The first thing to understand, as we work towards getting relief from tinnitus, is that tinnitus — often called ‘ringing in the ears’ — is not the problem, the REAL problem is the issue that causes tinnitus in the first place. That’s right, tinnitus is actually a symptom of an underlying problem you have, so that the sounds of tinnitus you hear happen as a result of this underlying problem.
So to relieve tinnitus you have to identify the root cause and focus on eliminating that. Sounds simple right? Well, as with many things in this life, things aren’t always as easy as they seem. For example, did you know that, in one study, the underlying cause couldn’t be identified in around 43% of tinnitus sufferers? This is a rather large number and maybe gives one of the key reasons why so few victims ever get tinnitus relief.
Conventional treatment is mainly focused on trying to help you ‘manage’ your condition through the use of things like drugs, tinnitus noise maskers, retraining therapy, counselling, and so on. Some people do actually experience some long term partial reduction in noise levels, others get short term partial relief, some may even get full relief. Sadly, these successes are very few and far between as the figures prove.
Natural Tinnitus Relief
Now, there are natural alternatives that you can use for tinnitus relief, and these can be effective, depending on the underlying cause in each particular case.
Not all natural tinnitus remedies work for everybody, because everything depends on the individual root cause, and being able to identify it. And, as you saw above, this is difficult to do in perhaps 43% of cases.
Nevertheless, more and more folks are turning to these natural tinnitus relief remedies instead of, or in conjunction with, conventional approaches. And one aspect of relieving tinnitus naturally is your diet…
Tinnitus and Diet – Is There a Link?
First off, there isn’t any conclusive proof of a direct link between food and tinnitus. But there are some studies that suggest there are some foodstuffs and ingredients that can put you at higher risk of tinnitus through things such as allergies resulting from ingesting such ingredients and foods, etc.
Tinnitus Food – Foods to Avoid for Tinnitus Relief
The following foods are deemed to be examples of the above that you may wish to avoid or seriously reduce:-
Salt: Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which is a known cause of tinnitus. So reduce your intake. And remember that processed and pre-packaged foods are high in salt too.
Saturated fats and trans-fats: These cause deposits to build up inside blood vessels causing restricted blood flow and hardening of the artery walls. When this happens blood flow becomes faster and more turbulent, resulting in the sounds of tinnitus in your ears.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): This is a well-known and widely used flavor-enhancer. When it breaks down in our bodies it forms glutamate, which is an excitatory neurotransmitter that can lead to tinnitus.
Refined sugar: This can cause tinnitus in two ways. Firstly, it can cause tinnitus by triggering the release of adrenalin. And secondly, it can cause tinnitus through the raising and then falling of blood-sugar levels. When the level falls, the (temporary) lack of glucose can lead to tinnitus.
Artificial sweeteners: And don’t think you’re safe switching to artificial sweeteners instead. One of the most widely used ingredients in them is ‘aspartame’ over which there is much controversy regarding its safety for use, although there seems to be no scientific proof either way. However, there is anecdotal evidence that people’s tinnitus gets worse after drinking sodas etc.
Other foods to beware of: These are foods such as; red wine and alcoholic drinks made from grains, cheese, chocolate and chocolate products, soy and soy products, avocados, ripe bananas and honey.
Diet and Tinnitus – Conclusion
Now, as I said previously, there is no conclusive proof of a direct link between tinnitus and food. But, there is some evidence that there may be some ‘indirect’ links.
So, there is no harm in looking at your current diet and making some changes in line with the foods-to-avoid list above. However, before making any serious changes to your diet, you must speak to your physician first.
However, as outlined above, your diet is only one of the many factors in the relief of tinnitus…
Because the underlying issues that can cause tinnitus are so varied, and very often not able to be properly diagnosed, you need an array of treatment options open to you to seriously increase your chances of a proper cure.