Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Life Fit Chat with Laura Lewis: The better to hear you with my dear

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Life Fit Chat with That's Fit Life Fit Expert Laura Lewis brings conversation provoking tidbits to your table, served up with a touch of spice! Byte-sized information that pack some punch, brought to you every Wednesday and Thursday!

We all have the parent, grandparent or Great Aunt So & So that requires conversation to be at an unbearable decibel. They have the television blaring so loud you have to go outside just to hear yourself think. Well, bless their hearts, they don't even know it is loud, because they can barely hear it. We all have that relative, and we all hope we don't end up in that same situation. Well, the good news is that with proper nutrition, you can put the breaks on hearing loss.

A recent study shows promising results that folic acid can actually slow the hearing loss process. Folic acid helps lower homocysteine, which plays a role in some types of hearing loss. Folic acid may also actually boost the circulation of blood in key ear structures involved in age-related hearing loss. Many foods in the United States are fortified with folic acid, so a daily dose of 700 micrograms should do the trick. Be sure to stay under 1,000 micrograms as too much folic acid can result in a vitamin B12 deficiency. Eating foods high in vitamin C will assist the body in absorbing more folic acid.

Good Sources of Folic Acid
(also known as Folate, vitamin B9)
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Lima Beans
  • Soy Beans
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Bananas
  • Oranges

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