Friday, November 8, 2013

Repair The Body

Repair the Inner Ear

Inside the inner ear are hearing and balance nerve centers, consisting of tiny tubular labyrinths containing fluid and nerve endings. The cochlea transmits sound waves to our brain for processing. The semi-circular canals transmit motion signals to our brain. Some inner ear conditions can be permanent, while others-if given time-will correct themselves. When it comes to repairing inner ear damage-aside from surgery-there aren't many options. However, a holistic approach may help you relieve symptoms and avoid inner ear damage.


1. Protect your ears from hearing loss by using ear plugs when exposed to loud sounds. Foam or soft silicone ear plugs can be purchased at a pharmacy. Carry the ear plugs with you and use them when sounds feel uncomfortably loud.

2. Avoid salt, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. When you eat a salty diet you retain fluids. Caffeine and nicotine restrict blood vessels.

3. Keep your blood pressure in check. Persistent high blood pressure leads to tinnitus, hearing loss and dizziness. Eating a diet low in sodium, and rich in vitamins and minerals, can help keep your blood pressure under control. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals. Your diet should include 7 to 10 servings a day.

4. Control stress by finding activities that increase your overall feeling of well being. Stress raises blood pressure, increases inflammation in the body and can cause temporary hearing loss.

5. Practice some form of regular exercise, yoga or meditation. Physical and mental exercise can lessen inner ear symptoms, reduce water retention, lower blood pressure and stimulate your body's own natural healing powers.

6. Strengthen your immune system through diet and supplements. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and taking a 500 to 1000 mg vitamin C supplement daily, helps strengthen the immune system. Take a standardized Astragalus root supplement daily. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, astragalus has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to support and enhance the immune system.

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