Friday, February 20, 2009

Salt the enemy of Meniere's Disease

One of the first ENTS that I saw told me that a reduction in salt was vital to minimizing the attacks of Meniere's Disease. I thought that wouldn't be so hard. I would stop using the salt shaker and cut out a lot of my sodium. Of course that's all wrong. Salt or sodium is in most ever foods except raw vegetables and fruit. The recommended range for sodium for a MD sufferer is between 1000 and 1500. A piece of pizza with no topping can have as much as 1200 mg of sodium. And if you have toppings that could go over 2000. That's just one slice!

And forget about soup, especially soup in a can. That's about 1000 mg right there. Any processed food has a lot of sodium in it.
The food served at restaurants are usually filled with sodium. Unless you know the chef and ask him to prepare something low in sodium then you will blow your sodium quota in one meal.

I tried to maintain a low sodium diet but it was very difficult. And frankly I don't think it helped my Meniere's Disease either.

7 comments:

  1. Sugar is the other enemy. Don't eat chocolate or caffiene, it is just as bad :(

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  2. I have read that it is not so much the total sodium, but the fluctuations. Many people do fine on 2000mg per day if they stay at that level each day - versus 1000 mg one day and 2000mg the next, etc.

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  3. I think that is a good point. A sudden overload of salt may cause problems
    thanks for the comment
    David

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  4. SALT IS THE KILLER, CAFFIENE AND GROG DO NOT HELP EITHIER.

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  5. I stay between 400-700 mg of sodium total a day, it helps me.

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    1. That's pretty low sodium, I don't think that I could get anywhere near that!
      thanks for the comment
      David

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