PROTECT YOUR HEART AND PRESERVE HEARING

Many things come to mind when you think of your heart: emotions, desires and dreams, the soul.You may also think of the physical organ that pumps blood through your body and sustains your life.

Heart health is an important part of overall health. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) reported that 600,000 people die from heart disease yearly in the U.S. The leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease is a major health concern, and coronary heart disease is the most common type.

The media tells us these facts regularly, but did you know that hearing health is related to heart health? It then follows that protecting heart health also serves to protect hearing health!

Heart and Hearing Health

 Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for health. The chemicals in cigarette smoke damage blood cells and every organ in the body. One in five deaths results from in some way from smoking in the US. Smoking also causes plaque to develop in arteries. The arteries then harden and the blood pathways become narrow, causing stress to the heart.

Hearing is also affected by the chemicals present in cigarettes. The auditory nerve’s neurotransmitters can become blocked, which confuses your brain when it hears sound. As a result vertigo, tinnitus and dizziness may occur.

Hypertension

High blood pressure of 140/90 or higher can stretch your arteries, resulting in vascular weakness and scarring. Plaque and blood clots that clogs arteries may follow.

Constant blood flow is vital to the inner ear hair cells that help our brains to translate sounds into meaning. Blood pressure medications may also cause hearing damage. Some people develop ringing in the ears (tinnitus) from these medications.

Diabetes

Millions of Americans are affected by high blood sugar, and adult onset (type 2) diabetes is the most common. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can burden the heart and other organs by affecting blood flow.

Diabetes can also restrict the blood flow to the inner ear as a result of this decreased blood flow. The delicate hair cells of the inner ear can then die, and they can’t grow back. This makes hearing damage irreversible. Studies have shown that people with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing damage as those without it.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Modern Americans live sedentary lifestyles: many people sit in front of a computer at work during the day and then go home and sit in front of the TV before bedtime.

Exercise and eating real, unprocessed foods is the ideal method for heart disease prevention, as well as to prevent obesity.

If changing your diet and routine seems overwhelming, consider that even small tweaks can bring results. Swapping out your morning pastry for a protein-rich option like eggs, and your afternoon chicps for an apple, peanuts or a piece of cheese can cut down on carbs and keep your blood sugar levels in check. Take a walk around the block on your lunch break. Not only will you get some movement into your day, you’ll benefit from a change of scenery and fresh air.

Obesity

A majority of Americans are overweight. Obesity can stress your heart and increas the risk of heart disease, which in turn will increases the likelihood of heart failure in the future. Obesity are also often correlated with diabetes and high blood pressure, which bring more risk.

Alcoholism

If you drink one serving of alcohol with dinner, studies have shown that to be beneficial, alcohol consumption in excess can increase the risk of high blood pressure and can weaken your heart.

Drinking heavily produces free radicals that also affect the inner ear. Balance issues like vertigo, tinnitus and noise-induced hearing damage may result.

Remember these tips to protect your heart and your hearing:

  • Cut out processed foods and buy only fresh meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Get some exercise every day
  • Don’t smoke (or quit smoking)
  • Keep your weight at healthy levels
  • Drink no more than one serving of alcohol daily
  • Always get regular hearing screenings

Love your heart AND your hearing all year long!

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 pmAll ages welcome – No appointment necessary

Drop by at 88 N. San Mateo Dr. San Mateo, CA 94401  (650) 342-9449 www.calhearing.com

HEARING HEALTH AND YOUR HEART: A FEW RECIPES

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.

Breakfast

• 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!

Lunch

• 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!

Snack

• 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!

Dinner

• 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!

Dessert

• 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 pmAll ages welcome – No appointment necessary

Drop by at 88 N. San Mateo Dr. San Mateo, CA 94401  (650) 342-9449 www.calhearing.com