Ear care definition – how to care for your ears
How to distil water
Using distilled water for the irrigation process isn’t essential. You will be perfectly fine using your own tap water. But if you chose to do so, the process is actually straightforward! There are numerous ways to do it, but we have picked the most user-friendly method to do at home, easily.
And even if you don’t use the water for your ears, your newly acquired knowledge could be used for watering your plants, improve the functionality of your humidifier and for your fish tank. There are a variety of uses.
What You Will Need
- A stainless steel pot, around 15 L
- A glass bowl, around 2 L
- Rounded lid for the pot
- Ice cubes
- A stove
- Mason jar (optional –for storage afterwards)
It will take 1 hour 15 minutes to produce 1 L of distilled water.
If you are storing for later use, carefully pour into a masonry jar, seal it, and store in a cool, dark place.
- Fill the large stainless steel pot to around ¼ – ½ full with tap water.
- Place the empty glass bowl directly in the water. It should float, but if it doesn’t, prop it up on a circular backing rack. Put the rack in first, followed by the bowl.
- Place the pot underneath the stove and start heating the pot at medium heat.
- The water needs to get very hot, but not necessarily boiling. At this point, turn down the heat to a low and put on the inverted lid (put the lid on upside down). Fill the lid depression with ice and once you begin to see the condensation effect on the rim of the lid, turn the heat to high.
- At high heat, you will need to continue to add more ice as the process progresses, because the ice is going to melt! It’s important to note that if you are using a lid with a small hole in it (like in a steamer), you will need to cover it, as the ice will melt and drain into the glass bowl. We aren’t collecting this water, so cover it or use an alternative lid. And try to prevent the distilled water from boiling, so make periodic visual checks and turn the heat down if necessary.
- Once you have accumulated your desired volume of distilled water, remove the pot from the stove. Then carefully (using oven mitts) take off the lid and pour the melted ice water down the sink. Now take out the bowl.
- Allow the distilled water to cool, and using your oven mitts, carefully pour into your masonry jar, or begin using for ear irrigation etc. Note, check the temperature is suitable (body temperature: 37 ℃) before starting irrigation.
Now, of course, there is more than one way to skin a cat. If you are short of time, just buy bottled distilled water from the supermarket or online. Or if you have a home distillation kit (typically around £100 or more), then this is very convenient for you! But the reality is most of us won’t have one, and your local supermarket may not stock distilled water. This is the best option for using distilled water for ear irrigation.
How does the process work?
Okay, so you may be wondering how the distilled water is accumulating. It’s quite simple actually. The water gathers in the glass bowl because of evaporation and condensation, just like in the Earth’s hydrological cycle.
The heat inside the pot causes the tap water to vaporize into steam, which naturally rises, hits the lid and condenses back into its liquid state. The distilled water will drip into the glass bowl, leaving behind the various minerals and salts, and you have just achieved an effective sterilization process!
And the reason for the ice?
Well, it isn’t essential, but it definitely speeds up the process. The condensation process accelerates when hot steam comes in contact with the ice. Think of it as the catalyst in the chemical reaction. The hot-to-cold contact with the ice produces an enhanced condensation effect.
I’m not saying donʼt drink distilled water. By all means, go for it! In fact, there are benefits of doing so, such as purifying the body and significantly reducing the risk of disease as you have killed any waterborne pathogens. And you have significantly reduced the risk of consuming an excess of harmful chemicals.
Should I be drinking distilled water?
Distilled water has many benefits. However, drinking solely distilled water may not be the best option, given that the minerals and metals have been removed from it. The likes of magnesium and calcium, essential for healthy bodily function, have pretty much all been removed. Now if you are drinking solely distilled water in combination with a healthy and balanced diet, then perhaps no ill-health effects will arise, as you are consuming the correct foods and consuming alternative fluids.
And from a taste point of view, it is these naturally occurring minerals and salts that give water it’s ‘flavour’. You will find that drinking distilled water has a noticeably different taste to bottled or tap water, with the general consensus being that it has a poorer taste.
And you have significantly reduced the risk of consuming an excess of harmful chemicals. Although, water services companies will permit a small concentration of such chemicals in the water, up to a safe threshold point. In distilled water, you are removing such chemicals.
So in my opinion, if you really want to consume distilled water, get the best of both worlds, and consume ordinary and distilled water. This way, your body is receiving the essential electrolytes, salt and other minerals.
How To Use Eardrops
Eardrops are very simple and safe to use, but please ensure you are carefully reading the label on the product for appropriate measures. Eardrops are great at removing impacted wax and as a remedy for ear infections.
We highly recommend that before using the Honey Gusto irrigation kit, that you take the preparatory steps of using the eardrops for maximum effectiveness. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to apply them, which if you are an adult, you can do by yourself. But if you find that problematic, have a family member or friend assist you. Remember to wash your hands, and have a few tissues or a clean face cloth beside you to wipe away surplus drops.
Use the infographic below and the numbered list below to fully understand how to administer drops safely.
- Warm the eardrops bottle in your hands for a couple of minutes, as this will feel more comfortable compared to cold droplets inside the ear, and prevent you from getting vertigo (dizziness).
- If you are applying by yourself, sit down so that you are comfortable, tilting your head to the side. Or if you are administering to somebody, have the person lie on his or her side, with their ear facing upwards.
- Chances are, the bottles will either come with a dropper, or there is a dropper tip incorporated into the design, in which for the latter you will have to tip the bottle itself upside down.
Now on to the application, for an adult: gently pull the upper ear up and back, then apply the droplets. For a child, instead, you will gently pull the lower ear down and back before inserting the drops. Do not allow the child to do the process by themselves. Be careful not let the dropper tip touch the ear or fingers, as it can result in an ear infection.
Keep the head tilted for 2-5 minutes and wipe away any residual liquid after the procedure is finished.
Wash your hands to remove any of the oil droplets and store away the bottle as per the instructions.
Now you have properly softened the wax in your ears to begin the irrigation process! We recommend doing this procedure for up to 7 consecutive days, 2-3 times daily, before beginning irrigation. Remember to be wary of the expiration date on your eardrops bottle, and never use them if they have expired. Okay, so you will now achieve the best results from your Honey Gusto irrigation kit.
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General Ear Health
Taking good care of your ears will not only enhance your hearing but enhance your quality of life also. Although a proper course of medication, irrigation, doctorʼs visits for hearing checks and such like will help; there are other ways to look after your ears, naturally. Lets first take an overview approach to what our ears actually do.
Our ability to hear comes from the conversion of sound waves in the air into electrical signals in the ear, where our auditory nerve transfers the signals to the brain. This is how we perceive sound, which initially travels through the ear canal (Latin: Meatus externus) and onto the eardrum.
The eardrum starts to vibrate and these signals are passed onto the cochlea (the white, spiral-like structure in Figure C). The cochlea is actually filled with fluid and contained within the inner ear, which takes the sound vibrations and converts them into electrical nerve signals. This is very important, as the sound has now been appropriately packaged into an electrical signal to travel along the auditory nerve to the brain, in a manner that we can comprehend.
Okay, we have an understanding of how the ear works, let’s take a look at how we can keep them functioning accordingly…
Now we are all smart enough to know that shoving food into our ears is not the answer here. Rather, we need to think of the various vitamins and minerals that will improve our ear health, derived from the food we consume, through our mouth of course! So, it won’t just be your ears that will reap the benefits, as we need to take a holistic approach to health. Meaning a well-balanced diet, exercise and sufficient sleep are necessary for all-round health. Still, let’s take a look at some particular food types known to invigorate the ears.
Bananas contain magnesium, a micronutrient that has a multitude of health benefits. For example, it aids in reducing high blood pressure, which is actually very beneficial to your hearing. High blood pressure restricts blood flow. And of course, remember your ear is an organ that constantly needs an ample supply of blood flow and oxygenation. If this is hampered due to high blood pressure, your hearing could suffer as a result. Reduced blood flow to the ear is a cause of hearing loss. For adults, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) in milligrams (mg) for magnesium is 400-420 mg for men and 310-320 mg for women.
It’s not just Popeye that benefits from this leafy green vegetable. We too can benefit from the rich source of potassium contained within it. Potassium is great for managing fluid balance and electrical signals in the body, which is ideal for our ears as we discussed above. So, if our bodies electrical signalling system is functioning well, the electrical signals converted from sound waves will be transmitted to the brain along the auditory nerve without problems. Also regarding fluid balance, potassium may be responsible for maintaining the balance of endolymph, the fluid contained within the cochlea of the inner ear. Adults, both male and female, should be consuming 3510 mg of potassium daily, as stated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Just like other nuts, cashews contain an abundance of zinc, the third mineral that helps our hearing. Zinc is very pivotal in strengthening our immune system, which is going to help prevent the onset of ear infections. The recommended daily intake for zinc is 11 mg for males, and 8 mg for females, as adults.
We should never use supplements as a substitute to a balanced diet. Rather, they should be used in tandem, and examples of some prime supplements to take are detailed below. And remember to always take the recommended dosage, as per the label instructions or from a physician consultation. You should also seek a physician’s approval before taking any supplements. Thereafter, your body and ears will welcome the health-giving properties of supplementation.
As a summary, take a look at the table below that shows other food sources containing plentiful amounts of these amazing minerals.
More commonly known as vitamin B9, it’s just that folic acid is the synthetic form (the type you would receive in supplements). Folic acid enhances blood circulation, which means proper blood flow to the ears. It will also strengthen the hair cells of the inner ear.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. Therefore, scientific studies have looked into how consuming this essential mineral will help reduce age-related hearing loss. Omega 3 fatty acids, commonly referred to as fish oils, have enhanced brain function properties. The brains receiving electrical signals from the ear. So it’s important to keep the brain healthy for effective signalling between the ears and the brain.
Fish oil is are imperative for the absorption of calcium into the body, thus maintaining strong bones. Calcium is essential for bones of the middle ear, where the middle ear is strengthened with good supplementation. The small bones are essential to convey sound signals from the outer ear to the inner ear.
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