Foods That Prevent Earwax
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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.
Essential Fatty Acids
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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.
- Essential fatty acids include omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids.
- Weeks recommends ingesting 3 tbsp.of flaxseed oil daily to help prevent earwax build-up.
What Not to Eat
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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.
- The authors of "Smart Medicine for Healthier Living" advise avoiding deep-fried foods and heated saturated fats to prevent earwax production.
Foods to Increase Metabolism and Fight Inflammation
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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.
- Inflammation can cause ear canals to narrow, increasing earwax build-up.
Foods for External Use
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"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.
Sumei FitzGerald has been writing professionally since 2008 on health, nutrition, medicine and science topics. She has published work on doctors' websites such as Colon Cancer Resource, psychology sites such as Webpsykologen and environmental websites such as Supergreenme. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Connecticut where she also studied life sciences.