Hooray indeed. it’s what our parents typically told us, but it’s not much fun and can be easy to ignore. From sweet snacks to a salty lunch and a few too many drinks in the evening, the opportunity to over-do it is never far away. There are widely documented long term effects of too much salt, sugar etc. but there are also day-to-day overloading effects on the brain and body.
Our bodies are chemical engines after all, converting food into energy and our system can react according to what goes in, so we kinda are what we eat. Much of the time we are immune to the sensitivities of overindulgence, but sometimes it triggers things like migraine, anxiety, stress and makes some conditions worse.
What causes this, why it sometimes hits and sometimes doesn’t is a bit of a mystery. Overloading is more that just one thing and sometimes our metaphorical cup isn’t so full, and other times it takes just one more thing to overload.
For Meniere’s disease, change in diet is the advice given to try to avoid symptoms and ‘attacks’. It is thought that damage to a small sac behind the ear called the endolymph changes the fluid balance and this causes vertigo and discombobulation. So it is thought that maintaining a low level of salt and sugar may keep this endolymph fluid stable and limit these symptoms. It's not easy to stick to such a dull diet and it isn't guaranteed to help, but some people swear by it.
Many people with migraine are sensitive to foods too, although food triggers are still not clinically proven or understood. Swings in sugar and then insulin levels, hypoglycaemia, can bring on migraines and it is easy to attribute a migraine to consuming things like cheese, coffee, red wine, and MSG. It is more complex though and foods probably don’t always trigger Meniere’s and migraines and there are other factors at play that aren’t obvious, like combinations of weather, pressure, stress and sensory overstimulation.
Moderation is more than just food and drinks and it doesn’t always work, but maybe it can help. So as boring as moderation is there is definitely something in it. So maybe three cheers is a bit much, so here's one cheer for moderation.