Diet should be the first line of defence against Menieres . It’s thought that 60% of sufferers could mostly relieve their symptoms by diet changes alone.
There are many different types of diet that could be tried.
Dr Terry Wahls has had great success with her Wahls Protocol which is effectively a variant of a Paleo diet. You can see more details here :
Improved symptoms have also been seen by our members when trying keto diet, Paleo diet, anti inflammatory diet, vegetarian etc You can see more information on various diets here
Going vegetarian or vegan has been said to reduce inflammation by 29%. A plant based diet would certainly be complementary to a Menieres management regime. However please note that there are certain key nutrient deficiencies you are at risk of if you are not eating animal products. Please see our page here on the key nutrient deficiencies of a vegetarian or vegan diet.
In summary though it would seem to reduce inflammation and improve Menieres symptoms you should eat less meat, have a more plant based diet and ensure you have a wholefood diet avoiding processed foods.
You should also consider eating less gluten, dairy and sugar as these are all big inflammation drivers.
You should consider eating less dairy to reduce any potential lactose intolerance which impacts your digestion of nutrients.
Low salt diet is often recommended by medical practitioners as a way to control Menieres. This is quite controversial as it does not work for all cases and your body needs a minimum level of sodium to operate effectively. Hence we have dedicated a full page here to some guidelines on salt intake when you have Menieres.
Meniere’s sufferer and Registered Nutritional Therapist Laura Fisher DipION, mBANT, CNHC specialises in personalised nutrition programmes designed to help relieve Meniere’s symptoms
A western diet and lifestyle has led to an increase in inflammatory type diseases. Three foods commonly trigger an inflammatory response within the body: gluten, dairy and sugar.
Laura runs various programmes to help with your diet for Menieres including a one off 30 minute Mini Diet Review consultation to give you some top tips on how to tweak your diet to manage your symptoms better. There will be advice on sugar, salt, hydration, inflammatory foods and more as appropriate..
Laura also runs on line group coaching programmes : Manage your Meniere’s in 6 weeks.
The six week course takes an easy-to-understand, step-by-step approach:
• Online group coaching programme
• Discover how diet can impact your condition and develop strategies to manage it
• Learn from weekly short videos (with optional subtitles) and written PDF’s
• Make one small dietary change each week
• Get meal plans, recipes and shopping lists
• Safe dietary, lifestyle and supplement recommendations
• Private Facebook group for daily support from Laura and other group members
• Gradually eliminate inflammatory food triggers of Ménière’s
• Discover how Ménière’s management is much more than just reducing salt and caffeine
• 100% research based
You can contact Laura here via her website to enquire further about the course and enrol.
It is also worth watching this You Tube interview with Dr Kenneth Brookler an eminent Meniere’s ENT Consultant in the US who talks about Hyperinsulinemia , Insulin response and the glucose requirement of the inner ear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5gohctcJE&feature=youtu.be
5 minutes to 10 minutes – he talks about impacts of nutrition on the inner ear and success with Menieres patients
33 minutes to 41 minutes – he talks of the inner ear demand for blood sugar being three times that of the brain and the effect of spikes of blood sugar
Dr Brookler found once incorporated nutritionists into his practice the adjustment of patients lifestyles and diet greatly relieved symptoms and often reduced the need for further treatment protocols.
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