Foods That Prevent Earwax

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Foods That Prevent Earwax
Earwax build-up can reduce hearing ability. (ear image by Connfetti from Fotolia.com)

Earwax production depends on age, diet, and genetic factors, according to "Deafness Research UK." Elderly people and those with a diet high in fat are more likely to have earwax build-up problems. Lack of essential fatty acids leaves earwax stiff and more likely to get backed up, writes Brad Weeks, MD, on his website. Other foods may help prevent earwax build-up or can be used to loosen earwax.

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Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids include omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. Cod liver and castor oils are good sources of these fatty acids. Dr. Weeks recommends ingesting 3 tbsp.of flaxseed oil daily to help prevent earwax build-up.

Foods That Prevent Earwax
Essential fatty acids in fish oil can prevent earwax build-up. (Fish oil vitamins image by Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.com)

What Not to Eat

The authors of "Smart Medicine for Healthier Living" advise avoiding deep-fried foods and heated saturated fats to prevent earwax production. The website "Best Home Remedies" recommends limiting your intake of alcohol and sugars to prevent yeast growth. Yeast infections can make earwax backup more likely. Also minimise your intake of caffeine, chocolate, and sodium.

Foods That Prevent Earwax
Eating fried foods can increase earwax production. (fried pastry stuffed with cheese image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Foods to Increase Metabolism and Fight Inflammation

Inflammation can cause ear canals to narrow, increasing earwax build-up. Eating fresh pineapple can reduce inflammation. Sea vegetables contain the iodine that will support your thyroid gland and increase metabolism, regulating earwax production and dispersal. Garlic can also help support healthy ear function.

Foods That Prevent Earwax
Bromelain in pineapple can reduce inflammation in the ear. (pineapple image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Foods for External Use

"Deafness Research UK" reports that you can try olive oil drops to cleanse your ear canal of excess earwax. Mullein oil or garlic oil can be used to soothe inflammation in the ears, according to "Best Home Remedies." Garlic oil can help soften earwax and a solution made of equal parts of vinegar and water can help break up earwax build-up.

Foods That Prevent Earwax
Olive oil can help remove earwax build-up. (Bottle of Olive Oil on Table image by kellykramer from Fotolia.com)

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