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Ear Infection and Dietary Cure

Ear infections, also known as otitis media, are extremely common among adults, especially, children. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that about 75 percent of children develop, at least, one ear infection by the age of three. Some foods may be beneficial in treating ear infection, although, you should always speak with your doctor before using this natural healing approach.

An effective dietary approach in treating otitis media involves certain dietary inclusions and exclusions.

Healing Foods

Strawberries may be one of the most helpful healing foods in treating ear infections. Strawberries contain a significant amount of vitamin C and have long been used to provide powerful antioxidant protection and promote optimal health, notes nutritionist and biologist George Mateljan, author of The World’s Healthiest Foods. Raspberries are also rich in manganese, dietary fiber, iodine, potassium and folate. Strawberries that are ready for consumption possess a pleasing aroma and deep red colour and are moderately soft.

Onion: This is also a very good homemade oil for healing ear infections. Simply cut some slices into a plate, put it in the microwave for two minutes, then apply the oil into the hurting ear.

Tips for eating right

  • Eat before grocery shopping
  • Make a grocery list (94 KB) before you shop
  • Choose a checkout line without a candy display
  • Buy and try serving a new fruit or vegetable (ever had jicama, fava beans, plantain, bok choy, star fruit, or papaya?)

Watch Your Portion Size

  • Share an entree with someone
  • If entrees are large, choose an appetiser or side dish
  • Don’t serve seconds
  • Share dessert, or choose fruit instead
  • Eat sweet foods in small amounts. To reduce temptation, don’t keep sweets at home
  • Cut or share high-calorie foods, like cheese and chocolate, into small pieces and only eat a few pieces
  • Eat off smaller plates
  • Skip buffets

Change the Way You Prepare Food

  • Cut back on added fats and/or oils in cooking or spreads
  • Grill, steam, or bake instead of frying
  • Make foods flavorful with herbs, spices, and low-fat seasonings
  • Use fat-free or low-fat sour cream, mayo, sauces, dressings, and condiments
  • Serve several whole-grain foods every day
  • Top off cereal with sliced apples or bananas

Change Your Eating Habits

  • Keep to a regular eating schedule
  • Eat together as a family most days of the week
  • Eat before you get too hungry
  • Make sure every family member eats breakfast every day
  • Drink water before a meal
  • Stop eating when you’re full
  • Don’t eat late at night
  • Try a green salad instead of fries
  • Ask for salad dressing “on the side”
  • Chew slowly every time you eat and remind others to enjoy every bite
  • Serve water or low-fat milk at meals, instead of soda or other sugary drinks
  • Pay attention to flavors and textures
  • Instead of eating out, bring a healthy, low-calorie lunch to work and pack a healthy “brown bag” for your kids
  • Provide fruits and vegetables for snacks
  • Ask your sweetie to bring you fruit or flowers instead of chocolate

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