Treating Ménière’s Disease: Eating a Low-Salt Diet
A common way to combat Ménière’s
disease is to eat less salt. Salt contains sodium. Sodium makes your body hold extra
Because Ménière’s disease is caused by a buildup of fluid in the inner ear, eating
sodium may help ease your symptoms.
Sodium is one of the main ingredients in table salt. It's found
naturally in most foods. But most of the sodium you eat is added to your food when
made in a factory or restaurant. So it’s easy to get more than you need. How do you
how much sodium a food has in it? Food nutrition labels are a good place to start.
nutrition labels show how much sodium, cholesterol, dietary fiber, and calories are
serving. They will also tell you how many servings are in each container, as well
many different types of fat is in the food.
A common recommendation is to limit
sodium to no more than 1,500 mg to 2,000 mg each day. This is the amount of sodium
1 teaspoon of table salt. Your doctor can tell you how many milligrams (mg) of sodium
are OK to eat each day.
Tips for eating less salt
Don’t add salt to food when you’re cooking. Season foods with flavorings such as lemon,
pepper, garlic, onion, and dried herbs instead.
Take the saltshaker off the table. Replace it with salt-free herb mixes, spices, and
Get a cookbook of low-salt recipes. It can give you ideas for healthy and great-tasting
Choose low-salt snacks such as no-salt pretzels or crackers, air-popped popcorn, or
low-fat frozen yogurt.
Don't use condiments high in sodium. These include mustard, relish, ketchup, soy sauce,
and Worcestershire sauce.
When you eat out, ask that your food be cooked without added salt. Watch out for fast
foods. These are often heavily salted.
Read labels before buying any food that isn’t fresh. Check the label for the milligrams
of sodium in each serving. Watch out for high-sodium ingredients such as baking soda
Don't eat foods that are pickled, smoked, or packed in brine or broth.
If you buy antacid tablets, choose a sodium-free brand.
mouthwashes, and medicines may have salt added. Ask your pharmacist to recommend