Diet affects tinnitus symptoms.

If you suspect that your food or drink choices are making your Meniere’s Disease worse, you are probably right.  In fact, drinking or eating food that is rich in caffeine or sodium can trigger an episode of idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops (another name for Meniere’s Disease) that includes symptoms such as vertigo (dizziness and spinning), ringing in the ears and hearing loss. Sufferers usually experience at last two of these symptoms at one time, which can last for just a few moments to weeks on end.

Managing Meniere’s Disease Through Diet

There are several ways you can manage Meniere’s through diet and these includes

•    Avoiding eating foods or drinking fluids that are high in sodium such as potato chips, salted nuts, bacon, sardines, anchovies, canned chili, bottled tomato sauces, and juices
•    Eat approximately the same amount of food at each meal
•    Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
•    Avoid caffeinated fluids and foods such as coffee or chocolate.
•    Don’t drink any alcohol at all.
•    Avoid foods containing (MSG), monosodium glutamate.

Focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains to manage your symptoms and try to keep your sodium intake consistent from day to day.

Natural Diuretics for Meniere’s Disease

As Meniere’s disease is caused by an excess of fluid build-up in the inner ear, doctors often prescribe diuretics to help treat fluid retention and reduce sodium levels. However, as an alternative to prescription or over-the-counter drugs, you might want to consider the following natural herbal diuretics.

Asparagus – Asparagus contains the amino acid asparagine, which is a natural diuretic. Asparagus is also rich in the mineral zinc, which helps to alleviate tinnitus and hearing loss.

Beets – Beets are natural diuretics that are a great source of vitamin C, magnesium and folate.

Dandelion – Dandelion tea may help increase urination within five hours after consumption. Dandelion is also a source of folate and magnesium, which helps maintain oral health.  Fresh dandelion leaves can easily be added to salads.

Celery – Eating lots of celery or drinking celery juice can provoke diuretic reactions. Celery also contains vitamin C., folate and magnesium.

Ginger – Ginger tea is a general detoxifier of the body and helps curb the dizziness and nausea that often is part of having Meniere’s Disease

Hibiscus – Hibiscus tea is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants that may help prevent episodes of hearing loss or tinnitus.

Nettle – Nettle tea assists in flushing excess sodium from the body as well as decrease the body’s sensitivity to allergies. Nettle tea also helps the immune system deal with allergies, which might help as allergic reactions are thought to trigger episodes of tinnitus.

Use Himalayan Pink Salt Instead of Iodized White Salt

Although the goal of using these herbal diuretics like tea or food is to eliminate sodium from your diet, it is not a good idea to eliminate it entirely as it is an essential mineral that is needed for many different biochemical processes in your body. Try using Himalayan pink salt, which is lower in sodium than processed white table salt and try to keep the amount that you use every day consistent.

Using Himalayan pink salt, which is lower in sodium and more organic is a better choice than using processed white table salt with iodine. However, it is important to check with a naturopath or dietician to make sure that you are getting enough salt daily to help regulate your blood pressure, support adrenal gland function and maintain muscle coordination.

If you have Meniere’s disease and would like your sodium levels checked, feel free to contact us here at our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.  We also offer a full roster of health services that can be perused on the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website including natural cleanses, anti-aging therapies, Toronto weight loss, and more.

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