Eating Birthday Cake May Mean Hearing Loss!?
How to Beat This Surprising Cause of Hearing Loss
Most people seem to link their hearing loss to noise exposure. It’s natural. After a rock concert, your ears ring… using a jackhammer leaves you shouting, “What?” for hours… and sudden loud noises have you cupping your ears in pain.
But new research shows other, subtler, forces may be at work. Here’s how to beat a surprising cause of hearing loss…
Who doesn’t love a plate of pasta a la vodka… a buttery serving of garlic mashed potatoes… or a delicious slice of Linzer torte? But these rich, satisfying foods we love do more than add a little to your waistline.
They may also be slowly edging you towards deafness.
How could a slice of birthday cake or a baked potato hurt your ears? It’s a matter of blood sugar.
You see, foods high in sugar and starch cause what we call blood sugar spikes. When you eat these foods, the sugars and starches convert to glucose very quickly. And this glucose – the sugar your body converts to energy – floods right into your bloodstream.
Your body’s natural reaction to a rise in blood sugar is to release insulin. Insulin moves the glucose into your cells where it’s converted to energy.
The problem is, your body isn’t designed to handle a flood of glucose. For countless centuries the natural human diet didn’t include large amounts of sugar or starch. Your body can only handle a limited amount of these high-energy, low-nutrition foods.
So it overreacts. It floods your bloodstream with insulin to meet the challenge. This leads to too much sugar heading into your cells all at once. And your cells push back. They become “insulin resistant.”
Your body’s natural energy cycle begins to break down.
As you can probably imagine, this battle inside your body can have some serious effects. And one of them – according to doctors at the State University of New York (SUNY) – is hearing loss.1
These floods of glucose – or the reaction to them – are leading to damage in your ears. Damage that can leave you missing out on conversations… straining to hear your grandchildren… or turning up the volume on the TV until your family hits the roof.
Fortunately, you can fight back quite effectively.
First, you can avoid the spikes in blood sugar that cause this problem. The easiest step is to eat a diet low in sugar and processed carbs. A low-carb diet focuses on veggies, fruit, and lean protein.
Not only does this eating style help prevent blood sugar spikes, chances are you’ll lose weight, add lean muscle, and feel healthier and more energetic, too.
Staying active is another way to keep your blood sugar under control. Exercise promotes insulin sensitivity – lowering your body’s need for this key hormone. And burning up excess calories, too.
Herbs can help smooth out blood sugar problems, too. One that works especially well is garlic.
A recent Chinese review looked at 7 human studies. The doctors found the studies showed garlic encourages significantly lower blood glucose levels.2 And lower blood sugar means your body will release less insulin.
Since blood sugar levels are a key factor in heart health, a heart formula with garlic can go a long way in keeping your heart in top shape.
You’ll find even more ways to promote healthy blood sugar levels by reading my recent article at BestLife-Herbals.com.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 “Hearing Impairment Linked to Type 2 Diabetes,” SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Apr 22, 2016.
2 Hou, L.Q., et al, “Garlic intake lowers fasting blood glucose: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials,” Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2015; 24(4): 575-582.
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