"Let food be your medicine and medicine
be your food." More than 24 centuries ago, it was Hippocrates who first
identified that 'We are what we eat'. Little did he know that this
philosophy would never ring more true than in today's society, where our
diets and lifestyles have become inextricably interwoven with the state
of our health, possibly contributing to our various allergies and food
And as medical experts start, like Hippocrates, to take a more holistic
view of illness and its causes, more and more attention is being turned
toward the adverse effect of our modern diet and how it relates to your
Meniere's disease symptoms. What is the problem? The
food we eat has changed a great deal since Hippocrates' time. There are
more exotic foods in our diet, new additives and new and advanced
methods of containing and preserving foods.
But how does the food we eat affect our bodies or trigger
our Meniere's disease symptoms?
Why are some diseases, allergies and
food intolerances on
the increase and affecting both our children and ourselves? We all know
our bodies are our most precious assets, yet how much do we know about
what we are eating and how it affects us as individuals?
A large number of us have a hidden sensitivity or intolerance, or even
an allergy to different foods. This can cause many potential problems.
The most common symptoms (which may often take a long time to build up)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Aches and pains
What Are Food Allergies and Food
Adverse reactions to foods, such as an
increase or onset of your Meniere's disease symptoms, have been recognized for
thousands of years; "What is food to one man may be fierce poison to
another". (Lucretius, circa 75 BC)
The term 'allergy' is derived from two Greek words which mean "altered
reactivity". That is, an allergy is an adverse reaction to a normally
harmless substance which may be a food or other environmental agent such
as dusts, pollens or chemicals.
The difference between Allergy and Intolerance
ALLERGY is used to describe those cases
in which the adverse reaction to a substance occurs almost immediately,
usually within an hour. The reaction is obvious and often quite violent,
for example, developing a rash or hives after eating berries or being
violently sick after eating shellfish. True allergies are quite rare.
They affect only a small percentage of the
population and most often develop during childhood.
SENSITIVITIES or INTOLERANCE'S on the other hand, affect a great number
of people and develop at any time of life. The symptoms of food
intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact,
the reactions are usually delayed by many hours, or even many days. For
example, something eaten on Monday could be the
cause of Thursday's
Meniere's disease attack. It is these delayed reactions which make the detection of
the culprit foods a most difficult task without the help of expert
How Food Intolerance Affects Your Health
Food is intimately linked to your
immune system. The immune system is the body's defense against foreign
invaders, such as poisons and harmful bacteria. When you are sensitive
to a food your body doesn't completely digest it, allowing incompletely
digested food to enter the bloodstream where it is treated as an
'invader'. Therefore, if you are regularly eating foods to which you are
intolerant, you are continually placing your immune system under stress.
This continual stress will eventually undermine and weaken the immune
system, leaving you more susceptible to illness or attack from within.
Stress, whether it is internal stress, or external stress from outside
pressures, can be a trigger for Meniere's disease. By identifying the
foods to which you are intolerant and eliminating them from your diet,
you enable your immune system to do the job it was intended to do -
protect you from illness and internal stress.
Reactions produced by food intolerance are
inflammatory and can be
involved in a whole host of chronic health problems, some severe, some
less so. The symptoms are often 'masked'; that is, they mimic the
symptoms of common problems such as
headache, fatigue and joint pains.
Occasionally food intolerance will not produce the same reaction each
time - one day they may show up as a headache, the next day as a full
blown Meniere's disease attack. The foods or substances which cause masked reactions are
often the ones to which we are exposed to on a regular basis.
you can even become addicted to the food causing the problem, so you
then crave it and feel temporarily better for eating that food. As
previously mentioned, the reactions are often delayed - therefore the
sufferer doesn't associate the problem, or the Meniere's disease
symptoms, with the
particular food causing it!
By Karin Henderson - Nurse, Retired.