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Meniere's - Finding Balance Through New Dietary Habits

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Hello to everyone on this beautiful warm Spring day!  Nice to get outside in warm, fresh air or to open up windows!

I've had some people asking lately about what my diet is like so it led to my thinking and writing about how eating is like for me now but keeping in mind how it has changed since I suffered with symptoms years ago.  Eating became a big trigger for me as my condition worsened and this was not an easy time for me at all..I can imagine some of you reading this may be able to relate.

If you were looking for a list of foods to avoid or to all together stop eating so you can minimize symptoms, as you will see, I cannot fully provide that because I have come to know that some of these may include essential nutrition.  I believe all in moderation and a balanced diet.  If you feel you are at a stage where you need such a list please refer below to the vestibular.org link.

While reading, I just ask you to be conscious of one thing.... that I believe and attribute my overcoming to mostly the supplements' support and this was over a process of time...not at all overnight.  I was pretty ill when I started 10 years ago and it took some time.  I do not claim a cure as I still have tendency of vulnerability in these areas from previous years of ingrained patterns/symptoms.  However, I do have much better management/control.

Although my hope is that my positive food experiences might help others at whatever stage they may be, I need for them to realize it may not be any better for them without first addressing underlying vulnerabilities...which is what I had/have to do.


What Exactly is My Meniere's Diet?


I myself do not have to be on a strict diet like I was when I was so sick years ago and did not have this support first.  My system, digestion, ears, brain, are not as sensitive as they used to be when I would react and have symptoms.  I was allergic to so many things.  Later, I learned that foods I thought I was allergic to were truly intolerences.  I also share more on this topic in my emails.  There is a difference and it truly is an eye-opening article!  My metabolism now has changed and my health in these areas is at a much better/higher level.


I am fine if I were to go a bit overboard with salty foods, can tolerate low salt fine, I am not a no-salt person by any means.  I do not get the ear fullness from it and if I do feel any symptoms I know what to do.

I drink my daily morning (only good quality made pure) dark coffee..one cup per day is all and all I feel is the normal jitters anyone would have.  I don't have crazy ongoing tinnitus from it and it does not trigger dizziness or vertigo, etc.  One key is I stay away from bad quality aged or chemically made (like decaf) coffee and tea.  I see both as beneficial with antioxidant properties etc.  I do make sure I stay hydrated the rest of the day with pure water and juice..no soda.


Canned products never triggered me from what I can remember but table salt content did.  I just don't have many due to the metalic-ness and plastics in the can linings.  Grateful now, there are boxed or packaged soups available.


I try to eat many small meals/snacks per day, well-balanced and containing good amounts of protein each time if possible.  I found that this alone can make a difference in feeling more balance.


I avoid artificial sweeteners, flavorings, too salty sauces, msg, aspartame, deli meats.  I do not eat much dairy, even yogurt because of the possible resulting internal 'cold dampness'.  Same with cheeses.  I eat dairy but small amounts or not often because it is hard for the body to digest properly or fully eliminate quickly.  See Healthy Sugars.


I can now eat all grains, juices and fruits with no issues.  I used to be quite sensitive as my immune system and stomach was so week back then... I now still choose not to eat fermented or aged foods.  I can drink wine and beer but not much.  Not because it makes me sick or have symptoms but because it does not go well with meds or alcohol being toxic to the liver.  It can also bring on water retention or urinary issues too so who needs that.


I do watch for fat intake although I am on the thin side.  I believe the bad fats and cholesterol can be very disruptive to what we are all trying to achieve which is clean efficient working respiratory, digestive, and cardiac health.  This can also lead to indigestion which I believe can be a trigger too.  This may be just me and from my experience.  I always ask people how their stomach is because I see it as all related.


I also try and incorporate fiber from grains, beans, breads, nuts and sometimes a powdered fiber to mix with any drink.  This helps to calm the stomach and move all downward and outward properly after all has been fully digested.  It aids in the workings of the supps as well as foods do. I am careful with psylium husk as it can be harsh on the stomach lining.  I find hulls or slippery elm helpful and more soothing.  I do eat more oatmeal now ..it is a great sticky fiber.

Speaking of soothing, I try to stick with these types of foods to help the stomach feeling good and not hurt.  By this, I mean I don't eat any offending foods to me too much..like hot spices, hot peppers, or raw onions.  And, then, if my stomach doesn't feel good I will eat bananas, dates, peanut butter(creamy no hydrogenated fats), slippery elm, or a small amount of yogurt.


Also, about sweets, I definitely indulge but, again, in moderation.  This is, of course, because of the toxicity of sugar itself, but also for other reasons.  I believe that the tendency to low blood sugar can be one aspect of or 'byway' of triggering.  Sugar can also play a part in the 'Dampening the Spleen', an Asian concept.


One day it dawned on me that part of my Meniere's patterns/cycles of symptoms could have been coming from the whole swaying insulin concept..but maybe not exactly in the same way as diabetes, for example.  I am in no way diagnosing diabetes, low blood sugar, or anything else here...to be clear..


All I am saying is that I have come to know my own body quite well after 48 years.  I have come to listen to it more attentively after becoming so ill, dealing, surviving, and then, again successfully and happily living again.  I am not bragging..I am just here honestly telling my story in hopes it might help someone else.


I just learned it is a good idea if I eat often (not ever going without food with protein esp. for hours in the day or without having a snack before bed) every day and being consistent in my daily intake.  

So many people wonder why they are having symptoms and, because of fear of symptoms, it is because they tend to not eat enough (could also be due to metabolism slowing with age etc.) or not often enough.  I know, this was me, I was there.  One time, I had a doctor tell me I had an eating disorder..she didn't seem to believe me when I told her I struggled with Meniere's.  I remember I went home crying that day because it had nothing to do with why I had an appointment with her.  I was so mad!


And, oppositely, if I eat too much food in one sitting (instead of wrapping up the rest) than I may have what, again, another Asian concept called 'Liver Excess' and this means it becomes too much for the body, organs, or liver to process/digest/eliminate at once...and this can lead to symptoms.  So, who says that Meniere's symptoms has nothing to do with the stomach?  Are not the ears connected to the nerves to the stomach..to the rest of the organs, systems, body?

Beneficial foods to me are iron foods (ex. leafy greens, beans, lean red meat, beets), circulating/warming foods or herbs/spices (garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tea), high fiber(almonds, whole grains), potassium foods (bananas, figs, potatoes), antioxidant foods (citrus fruits..watch tummy.., berries, green tea), drying foods on damp days (white rice, ginger, cumin).

If you sign up for my Meniere's and System Information you do receive one called, 'Dietary Considerations from Vestibular Disorders Association' where you click here http://vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/treatment/diet.php.

As soon as someone has enrolled as a customer I email all they need to Get Started and this includes general healthy 
food listings.  This is not Meniere's specific and includes a glycemic food list which can be helpful to those with Meniere's type symptoms.

After/while being most diligent with this nutritional supplement recommendation for the time needed , most people can eat/drink in moderation because their symptoms (or the underlying causes at the cellular level) are then being addressed quicker and daily.


As Dr. Strand states in one of his many recommendations, 'Nutritional supplementation has shown to significantly improve one's immune system.  As their immune system improves over a 6-9 month period of time (the older your age the longer it takes), they seem to be less and less allergic to foods they previously had trouble with.'.  He goes on to say that this is partly due to one of the supplements being anti-allergenic which means they significantly improve your allergies.  You may email me at menieres.free@gmail.com and I will forward this to you.


I am also always open to talk with people about food etc. by email or phone about yours and my diet..about what works well for me and others I know of.  Or, if that doesn't work then maybe FB Chat some day/night..

Hope this helps.  Try having a new perspective..it can help.  Things that are not good in general anyway may be good to avoid or eat only periodically.  Read all labels. 

Let me know if I can help further.  Take care, Denise :-)