Meniere’s Disease Diet: How to Eat to Reduce Your Symptoms Naturally

Meniere’s disease diet strategies include eating less salt, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and avoiding allergens.

Meniere's disease diet

People with Meniere’s disease experience recurrent episodes of vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and feelings of pressure in the ear.

© Kiosea39 | Dreamstime.com

If you suffer from Meniere’s disease, you know how debilitating, frustrating, and worrisome the condition can be. But you don’t have to suffer, and you don’t have to take medications with unpleasant side effects or get surgery to find relief. A variety of dietary strategies can help you reduce your symptoms: Meniere’s disease diet strategies include eating less salt, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and avoiding allergens. (More details are below.)

Eat Right, Starting Now!

Download this expert FREE guide, Complete Nutrition: Low-carb diet, high-protein foods, healthy meal plans, how to use a calorie counter, and more.

Create healthy meal plans and discover the Superfoods that can transform your plate into a passport to better health.

What is Meniere’s disease?

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that leads to abnormal sensory processing related to hearing and balance. People with Meniere’s disease experience recurrent episodes of vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and feelings of pressure in the ear. For many people, these symptoms can be very traumatic and frightening. Episodes tend to come and go, with acute episodes occurring in between periods of remission that may last several months.

Most people with Meniere’s are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, but younger people can also have the condition.[1] No one knows what exactly causes the disorder, except that episodes occur when fluid builds up in the inner ear.

Meniere’s disease diet recommendations

The proper Meniere’s disease diet will follow these important guidelines:

  1. Limit salt intake. Salt levels regulate fluid balance, and it is believed that lowering salt intake can lower pressure in the inner ear, helping to relieve symptoms.[2]
  1. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. People who follow through with recommendations to restrict caffeine have significantly fewer Meniere’s disease spells and report higher levels of functioning compared to people who don’t limit their caffeine.[3]
  1. Identify and address allergies. Researchers believe that symptoms of Meniere’s disease, which seem to be partly inflammatory in nature, may be related to allergic reactions in many cases.[4] In fact, some researchers estimate that allergic inflammation may be the root cause of symptoms in about one-third of patients.[5]

Many patients with Meniere’s disease also have confirmed allergies.[6] One team of researchers found that 82.7% of Meniere’s disease patients tested positive to skin prick tests for at least one allergen.[7]

Addressing allergies, through avoidance of the allergen itself or through immunotherapy, can help improve symptoms. In one study, 82.6% of people with Meniere’s who were treated for their allergies said that they felt better after the treatment. They had fewer vertigo spells per month and used significantly less medication to control symptoms. These improvements were not seen in the control group that did not receive allergy treatment.[4]

Other Meniere’s disease natural treatment options

Stress reduction. If you suffer from Meniere’s disease symptoms, addressing your stress levels should also be one of your top priorities. Anxiety and stress can make symptoms worse and last longer.[8] In turn, exacerbations of symptoms can cause even more stress, and so on.[8,9] Stress management techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy or mindfulness-based stress reduction are well worth your time, as they can help to break this vicious cycle.

Pycnogenol. There is some evidence that pycnogenol, a natural extract from French maritime pine bark, may help to control symptoms. In one study, 87.3% of people taking 150 mg/day were symptom free after six months, compared to only 34.6% of the control group.[10] Gingko biloba may also help vertigo symptoms.

Getting started on a Meniere’s disease diet

If you feel at the whim of your Meniere’s disease symptoms, it is time to take back control. Make the three dietary changes suggested above; these simple lifestyle changes could make a big difference in helping keep your symptoms at bay. For added support, also include stress reduction techniques and a pycnogenol supplement into your daily routine.

Share your experience on alternative treatments for Meniere’s disease

Do you have any tips for a Meniere’s disease diet? What other Meniere’s disease natural treatments do you use to control symptoms? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Originally published in 2015, this post has been updated.


[1] BMJ Clin Evid. 2007 Mar 1;2007. pii: 0505.

[2] Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2015 Apr;17(4):341.

[3] Otol Neurotol. 2013 Oct;34(8):1438-43.

[4] Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Feb;122(2):174-82.

[5] Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jun;18(3):195-9.

[6] Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;44(3):655-66.

[7] Laryngoscope. 2012 Mar;122(3):700-2.

[8] Psychol Health Med. 2008 May;13(3):257-73.

[9] Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2014 Jan;4(1):3-7.

[10] Minerva Med. 2014 Jun;105(3):245-54.

Anchor
Comments
  • chinta s.

    I’m suffering from meniere disease since five years and I tried many kinds of treatment but I’m still suffering. Please I you can help me. I’m forty years of age and I have a lot of work and responsibilities.

  • Hi sorry to hear your suffering, it’s a bugger of a thing, hope your in a better place now
    I’m nearly sixty and i got diagnosed just on 5 years ago, it sure does change your life style, i sleep a lot my pillow and radio are my best friends, lol, try not to eat a lot of salty things, no alcohol,its just a matter of elimination of foods,
    Wishing you all the best Lyn

  • eleanor

    for 13 years i have been coping with meniere’s i have given up many things, am unsteady on my feet often, use a cane,and am trying to be very concientious on avoiding the trigger foods. is it working. i do not have attacks of vertigo any more, but still flucuate in periods of dizziness. in spite of it all, life is good

Leave a Reply

×
Enter Your Log In Credentials
×
×

Please Log In

You are trying to access subscribers-only content. If you are a subscriber, use the form below to log in.

Subscribers will have unlimited access to the magazine that helps people live more sustainable, self-reliant lives, with feature stories on tending the garden, managing the homestead, raising healthy livestock and more!

×

Please Log In

You are trying to access subscribers-only content. If you are a subscriber, use the form below to log in.

Subscribers will have unlimited access to the magazine that helps the small-scale poultry enthusiast raise healthy, happy, productive flocks for eggs, meat or fun - from the countryside to the urban homestead!

Send this to friend

Hi,
I thought you might be interested in this article on http://universityhealthnews.com: Meniere’s Disease Diet: How to Eat to Reduce Your Symptoms Naturally

-- Read the story at http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/natural-treatment-for-menieres-disease-diet-stress-reduction-and-more/