Discover the hormone that may end hearing loss

A bioidentical hormone known as aldosterone may soon make hearing aids obsolete in people with age-related hearing loss. This is excellent news for anyone facing the social stigma of hearing loss or the instant admission of aging announced by the wearing of a hearing aid.

Aldosterone is a steroid from the mineralocorticoid family that is produced in ample supply by the adrenal glands of young healthy people. But as we age, we lose the ability to make sufficient amounts of aldosterone just as we do with other steroid hormones.

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9 More Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

scale2A few years back, I wrote an article explaining 17 possible reasons why you’re not losing weight. It was a troubleshooting guide of sorts, aimed at helping people identify some of things they may be doing (or not doing) that’s causing their stalled fat loss. The etiology of obesity and weight gain is multifactorial, and can be complex. Additionally, we’re all unique human beings. So it can be difficult to pin down one simple cause – or even seventeen simple causes. While unwanted fat loss comes effortlessly to most people that eat according to the Primal eating strategy – as the success stories and hundreds of thousands of positive user experiences indicate – sometimes we inadvertently sabotage our best efforts, stray from best practices, or don’t fully grok what we need to do to become efficient fat-burners. So let’s take a look at nine more possible reasons, shall we? (more…)

Tinnitus: What causes it and what can be done … naturally?

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is one of those modern day maladies that has gone totally epidemic, and yet very few even know they suffer from it.

Why? Because many people have had this condition from such a young age that they accept it as perfectly normal. For others, the symptoms manifest just enough below the radar, so that it’s never ‘seen’ and always stays below a certain threshold of conscious awareness.

In any case, because of the numerous physical causes, environmental co-factors and unconscious emotional contributors of this health condition, we can say that throughout stressful Western society, having tinnitus has become the new normal.

Tinnutis: What is it?:   (more…)

Addressing Tinnitus Naturally

Fifteen million people in the United States are estimated to suffer from tinnitus – which is the perception of a noise sensation in one or both ears without any actual noise source being present.

The perceived noise can be ringing, chirping, roaring, or humming. In many instances, tinnitus can be either eliminated or greatly relieved through changes in diet and lifestyle as well as with nutritional supplementation and herbal remedies. (more…)

Folate Deficiency May Be Linked to Hearing Loss.

Folic acid is a member of the water-soluble B vitamin group. Isolated in 1946 from spinach leaves, its name comes from folium, the Latin word for leaf. In the body, folic acid is converted to its biologically active form tetrahydrofolic acid (THFA). Niacin and vitamin C are necessary for this conversion. Structurally, folic acid consists of a pteridine nucleus (containing two rings), conjugated with para-aminobenzoic acid, and glutamic acid. Hence, its chemical name is pteroylmonoglutamate.

Folic acid occurs in a wide variety of foods. Best sources include dark green leafy vegetables, brewer’s yeast, liver, and eggs. Other good sources are beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, orange juice, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupe, kidney and lima beans, wheat germ, and whole grain cereals and breads. The body’s “friendly” intestinal bacteria also produce folic acid.

A recent study sought to examine the relationship between age-related hearing loss and vitamin B12 and folate levels in elderly adults. The study included 126 men and women over the age of 60 years who were tested for hearing loss. Researchers found that a low serum level of folate was significantly associated with hearing loss in high frequencies. Vitamin B12 was not significantly associated with hearing loss in this study. These results suggest that age-related hearing loss may be linked to poor micronutrient status and that further studies are warranted to determine the role of other vitamins and the risk of hearing loss.1

1 Lasisi AO, Gehintola FA, Yusuf OB. Age-related hearing loss, vitamin B12, and folate in the elderly. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Dec2010;143(6):826-30.

 

Source: Archives of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery

 

The Importance of B Vitamins to Overall Health

B vitamins are essential to health. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on them for proper functioning. They are coenzymes that are involved in energy production and are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety.

As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines. In some Alzheimer’s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-complex in an accepted multivitamin. (more…)

Hearing loss may be a warning of a very serious health problem

It starts out as an annoyance, becomes a bit of an embarrassment and, eventually, can turn you into a bit of a hermit.

Up until now, that frustration was one of the worst things about degenerative hearing loss.

But all that changed with a just-published study that puts hearing loss in a new perspective–that of major warning sign and not just an annoyance. (more…)