The Meniere’s Disease Diet

With many health disorders, there is an associated diet.  With Meniere’s disease, the most common eating guideline is to lower your sodium intake.  I’ve spent a lot of time here talking about lowering your sodium. I’ve also touched on avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco–which is often also suggested by doctors.

In your quest to manage Meniere’s disease, there are other diet considerations.

  • Something often cited as a trigger to vertigo attacks with Meniere’s disease sufferers is allergies.  For this reason, it is a good idea to get tested for allergies to know if you are allergic to certain foods.  The Food Allergy and Anaphlaxis Network states that eight different foods account for 90% of all allergic reactions.  The eight foods are egg, milk, peanuts, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, soy and wheat.
  • Other things that have been cited as causing vertigo attacks among those with Meniere’s disease include sugar, chocolate, MSG, and aspirin products.
  • There was an article published in the August 2006 issue of The Laryngoscope titled Water May Cure Patients with Meniere’s Disease.  The study had 18 people with Meniere’s disease drink 35 mL/kg per day.  At the end of two years, they had lessened symptoms of vertigo and improved hearing.

One thing I have learned over the years is that you can be your own best doctor.  You are in charge of what works best for you.  As you ponder some of these concepts, you need to assess if avoiding some of the foods mentioned improve your health or if increasing your water intake lessens your Meniere’s symptoms.   These kind of things take time to determine.  Don’t be too hasty in your assessment.  This will take some time.  You will need to be objective over a long period. If your new food strategy reduces your attacks, it is reasonable to maintain that strategy.  However, an attack that occurs immediately after eating a specific food should not be attributed to that food unless, it occurs several times.

Bon appetit!

 

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