Cop an Earful of This: Maintaining Your Auditory Health

Your hearing is one of your main senses. Many of us will take it for granted. But it is so important that we keep on top of our auditory health. Just like every other part of the human body, there are endless illnesses and diseases that can affect our ears. Inner ear infections like otitis media, outer ear infections like swimmer’s ear (or otitis exterior), excess wax build up, tinnitus cholesteatoma and autoimmune ear disease are just a few conditions that prove detrimental to numerous individuals’ health every year. That’s not to mention injuries such as perforated ear drums. So how do we take effective care of our ears? Here are a few tips and tricks.

Certain minerals and vitamins aid your auditory health

What you eat can affect your ear health. Zinc, magnesium… (Pixabay image, CC0 Public Domain)

Diet

You might be surprised to know that your diet can have a profound effect on your ear health and overall hearing ability. In particular, try to ensure you consume sufficient levels of these five different minerals and vitamins within your diet: Magnesium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Vitamin E and Zinc.

Magnesium helps to protect the delicate hairs inside your inner ears. You may not have known that these even exist, but they are essential in the process of detecting sound frequencies (or varying pitches). Potassium is necessary for the production of fluid in the inner ear which translates sound waves into electrical impulses which can be processed by the brain. Folic Acid helps in the production of new cells and promotion of good blood circulation, while Vitamin E protects the body from free radicals and other harmful toxins. Last but not least, Zinc helps to dissipate chronic ear infections. Continue reading

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The Only Real Way You Can Help an Alcoholic

Help the alcoholic you love

Helping a loved one battling alcoholism. Pexels, CC0 License.

For anyone that has seen a loved one battle with alcoholism, they will tell you – without hesitation – it was the worst time of their life. It doesn’t matter what else they have been through. There are just so many layers of pain, none of which you can quite comprehend. The frustration of banging your head on the wall. The hurt of seeing the shell of a person you love, knowing that it isn’t them inside. The pain of not knowing who will greet you when you wake up tomorrow. And the devastating realization that there’s nothing you can do; you have exhausted every option, spend every ounce of energy and come up short. That is a horrendous feeling.

Unfortunately, you can’t grab them by the shoulders and shake their demons out. You can’t force them to stare at their dark mist in the eyes or have them admit they need help. That has to be a personal decision. They have to reach a point where they want to change.

This doesn’t mean you have to just sit by and spectate as life pulls them apart from the inside out. There are ways you can help the alcoholic you love, and that is exactly what this post can help you with.

Understand Alcoholism

Understanding what this disease is, and what it is doing to your loved one, is one of the hardest tasks you can undertake. But it is so important that you arm yourself with as much sympathy and knowledge as you can. Learning why alcoholics can’t stop drinking is the only way you’ll be able to stop hitting your head against that concrete wall. Continue reading