When you are finally diagnosed with Meniere’s disease the first thing that the doctor will talk about is lowering your salt intake. At least that is what the doctor told me. The general idea, at least it used to be, was that meniere’s could be controlled by eating or not eating certain things, a Meniere’s disease diet.
I have written in the past about how salt is supposed to be bad for you if you have meniere’s. The inner ear has membranes that contain fluid (Hydrops) which help with the sensory cells. If you don’t have any problems with your inner ear the amount of salt and sugar that you intake will have no influence over how much fluid there is and the amount of fluid is important because too much can cause the problems that you see with meniere’s disease. For a more detailed explanation see Dr. Hain’s website.
Of course there is also controversy as to whether this is the actual cause of Meniere’s disease. Many believe that is caused by a virus as opposed to the excessive Hydrops. I tended to believe that until recently. The past month or so I have been getting that feeling that you get when an attack is about to come on. It has been happening more and more. Coincidently I have been eating out at fast food places more the past couple of months. Is there a connection I don’t know but if ever did any research on fast food you would see that it is very high in sodium. I have also been eating a lot of candy lately too. I don’t know why but my eating habits have been poor and my meniere’s seems to be getting worse.
I am going to make a conscious effort to watch my diet and see if that is going to help any. I hope because the meds that I am taking are really making me tired.
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