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Did you know that the foods you eat can have a major effect on your tinnitus? Many people have reported that caffeine makes their ringing ears worse. Find out why caffeine is a problem and how to avoid it.
You’ve probably heard that you should stay away from coffee and soda when you have tinnitus. That’s because they contain caffeine. The caffeine can overstimulate your nervous system, which is known to increase ringing for many people.
The up and down mood swings that some people encounter with caffeinated drinks can also indirectly cause ear problems. Caffeine can also constrict blood vessels, which reduces the blood flow to the ear, another known factor in tinnitus problems.
So it’s clear that avoiding the caffeine from coffee, tea, and soda could help reduce your tinnitus. But these aren’t the only sources of caffeine in your life. Energy drinks often have massive amounts of caffeine, making them off limits too. And there are more sources.
Do you like sweets? If so, you’ll be disappointed to know that chocolates and cocoa are also high in caffeine. Not as bad as the drinks we’ve already talked about, but still enough to cause problems for some people. So don’t switch to hot chocolate in place of your morning coffee, and don’t try to cheer yourself up with a slice of chocolate cake or a candy bar. Sorry.
These are just a few of the sometimes surprising caffeine sources you will want to avoid on the way to your tinnitus cure. Fortunately, while there are certain foods you should avoid, there are also a number of foods that can actually help with your problem. The foods you eat can easily become part of a holistic treatment for your tinnitus symptoms.