Meniere’s Disease Diet: What It Is and Why it Works

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Most patients diagnosed with Meniere’s already know a thing or two about vertigo triggers. In most cases, attending physician warn their patients about the effects of some products on the nerves and vestibular system. Some might even recommend trying Meniere’s disease diet. But, what exactly is the diet suitable for Meniere’s patients? Can you use it hand in hand with other well-known vertigo remedies like receiving chiropractic adjustments for an atlas subluxation? Find out more about Meniere’s disease diet as you read on.


How Does the Meniere’s Disease Diet Work?

As you might have read from previous blog posts on Meniere’s disease, the condition primarily depends on the amount of fluid retained by the body. So, Meniere’s patients need to stick to a diet that doesn’t promote excess fluid retention. Additionally, a typical Meniere’s disease diet also focuses on things such as: 

  • Limiting ingredients that can obstruct blood flow
  • Reducing the amount of water and other fluids using natural diuretics
  • Avoiding or limiting the intake of substances that can trigger worse vertigo attacks

Based on these guidelines, you can formulate a diet that can fit into your current lifestyle choices and the severity of your Meniere’s disease symptoms.

Foods to Avoid When You Have Meniere’s

Several studies have analyzed the effects of some common vertigo food triggers in people diagnosed with Meniere’s. For example, some food products contain ingredients that can worsen fluid buildup in the inner ears. Others also increase risks for cardiovascular problems that aggravate Meniere’s disease. 

To help you understand why you need to avoid certain food products, we suggest reading through some essential facts and figures: 

  • Excessive caffeine intake can worsen Meniere’s because it overstimulates the vestibular system, brain, and nerves.
  • Alcohol can cause vasoconstriction in patients diagnosed with Meniere’s and affect the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the inner ear.
  • Sodium isn’t the only substance that can increase water retention. According to studies, excessive blood sugar can also affect the amount of water reabsorbed by your kidneys. 
  • Many condiments found in a typical American pantry contain large amounts of sodium, added sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavoring. Hence, you might want to mind your consumption of ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard sauce, Worchestershire sauce, and soy sauce.
  • Patients diagnosed with Meniere’s experience worse symptoms due to food allergies or sensitivities. Notably, the allergic reaction causes inflammation that can affect the inner ear organs.  
  • Frozen, processed, fermented, and pickled products are also rich in sodium. So, they can contribute to worse Meniere’s disease flare-ups. 
  • Canned veggies, noodles, entrees, and other food products have sodium and preservative. So, we advise opting for healthier products like fruits and veggies. 

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Vertigo-Friendly Food Products to Add to Your Grocery List

While there are plenty of food products that work against the resolution or improvement of Meniere’s disease, you can take advantage of vertigo-fighting food such as: 

Ginger root 

You can make it into a tea or throw it in your favorite herbal tonic. You can also make homemade ginger candies and wrap them in beeswax paper so you can bring them everywhere. 


These have lots of potassium – a macronutrient that helps maintain normal cardiovascular function. Additionally, tomatoes have a high-water content, making them helpful in flushing out pathogens in the inner ears.  


Certain nuts like almonds work miracles in relieving vertigo attacks caused by Meniere’s disease. That’s because they contain ingredients that can help reduce the pressure in the inner ear organs.

Fresh fruits and veggies 

Fresh veggies and fruits are among the best sources of vitamins and minerals that can help you manage common health complaints like Meniere’s disease. So, the next time you come to the grocery, add leafy greens and watery fruits. 

Magnesium-rich food

Several case studies found that magnesium deficiency can trigger more problems for patients with Meniere’s disease. That’s why you might want to include magnesium-rich food products into your weekly meal plan. Some examples of these include avocados, tofu, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.

Other Ways to Manage Meniere’s Disease Symptoms

Notably, minding one’s food choices is just one of the many steps needed to relieve Meniere’s disease symptoms. If you want to see noticeable improvements, we suggest putting more effort into finding effective remedies. Below are some techniques or procedures that you might find helpful. 

Get yourself diagnosed

The exact cause of Meniere's disease remains unknown, but some researchers theorize that it might have a connection with inner ear system defects. As for the first step in returning balance to your life, you should secure a proper diagnosis. Several tests can help doctors diagnose Meniere's disease. These can help you find your most suitable choices for vertigo remedies.

Hearing Test

A hearing test can determine whether you have hearing loss or balance problems. Your doctor might also want to perform an ENG (electronystagmography), which measures the activity of your vestibular system.

Balance Test

Your doctor may also want to perform a balance test to determine how well your body maintains its position in space without using vision as a guide. Your doctor will ask you to stand on one foot while closing your eyes and tilting your head from side to side while they observe how well you maintain balance during this test.

Posturography Testing

Posturography testing involves measuring body sway when standing on different types of surfaces, such as foam tiles versus carpeting. This test lets doctors determine how well your body maintains its position in space while standing.

Rotary Chair Testing

This test measures how well your body can maintain a balance when sitting in different positions (with eyes closed).

Electronystagmography (ENG)

ENG testing records eye movements during certain activities such as watching television or reading. It helps doctors determine whether a patient has problems with vision or balance caused by Meniere's disease or other conditions that affect the inner ear.

Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)

A vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) is a test to measure how well your inner ear works. It can help rule out other vertigo causes, like Meniere's disease or stroke. The test involves sitting in a chair and moving your head back and forth.

Then, you need to lie on an examination table with your chin tilted up and eyes closed for about five minutes as the doctor places an electrode near the muscles that control eye movements. The doctor will then move your head back and forth slowly in different directions 20 times each before taking another reading with the electrodes attached again.

Each of these tests provides information about how your ears function. Doctors might perform multiple tests before arriving at an accurate diagnosis, so you might need to wait a bit to know how you can move forward.

Take vertigo medications

Doctors sometimes prescribe vertigo medications to patients experiencing severe Meniere’s disease symptoms. A few notable medications that patients use include the following: 

  • Valium or diazepam
  • Promethazine or other anti-nausea medications
  • Diuretics to eliminate excess fluid buildup

We urge talking to your doctor about the best medications to use. This way, you can determine how much you need to take and how long you need to stay under medication.  

Ask About Medication Options

Several medications are available to manage the impacts of Meniere's disease. These medications may be used alone or in combination with other procedures and vertigo remedies. Medications can reduce the frequency and gravity of symptoms associated with Meniere's disease, but they do not cure it. These medications include:

  • Antivert (meclizine)
  • Antibiotics
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Antidepressants

Change Your Sleeping Habits

Sleep is essential to restoring balance to your life when you have Meniere's disease. It's important to avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day, maintain a regular sleep schedule, and get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Correct your atlas subluxation with upper cervical care

Several case studies have found that many patients with Meniere’s disease symptoms have atlas subluxation. Notably, these patients developed their C1 and C2 bone misalignment after suffering a severe blow to the head or neck. The pressure from these misaligned bones can interfere with several processes like brain and vestibular system communication and endolymphatic duct drainage. 

Consequently, these impaired body functions can contribute to the development of common Meniere’s disease signs and symptoms like vertigo attacks, tinnitus, ear congestion. 

So, if you suspect having an atlas subluxation, don’t hesitate to confirm it with the help of an upper cervical chiropractic doctor. This way, you can effectively manage your symptoms and negate the effects of C1 and C2 bone misalignments. 

Explore a holistic and natural option for Meniere’s disease relief today by talking to the nearest upper cervical chiropractic physician.

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