What Are Your Food Triggers?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Natalie Roberts, Dec 6, 2015.

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    1. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

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      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Since I have heard sugar/sodium/caffeine etc. may trigger a non-permenant spike of T just wondering for those of you who have been able to pinpoint it, what are some of your triggers? Also, exactly how much sugar or sodium (what types of food) have you noticed it takes you personally to have a spike and how long after eating it do you notice the increase? If you have a spike from food, how long does it normally last?

      I haven't had caffeine in months and have been avoiding overly sugarly foods (like donuts, cookies, cake, ice cream) or high sodium foods (pre-packaged soups, added table salt, chips and pretzels, etc). While I haven't personally noticed a spike from foods I just haven't been eating a lot of junk. Just curious on your experiences because I would love a bowl of ice cream without fear of a T increase lol :LOL:

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    2. dboy
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      I've tried tweaking my diet in a few different directions a few times for t and a couple of other health problems I have. I have avoided caffeine almost completely for the last two years, as well as processed sugar. I never noticed any significant effects on my t unfortunately, and am kind of slowly in the process of abandoning this now (mmmm chocolate...). I know some people do get results. Good luck; I hope you find something. :)
       
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    3. RaZaH
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      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

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      Benzo + loud noise
      I drink tons of coffee, maybe I should quit ? I really havent found any food triggers ?
       
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    4. walkthroughwalls

      walkthroughwalls Member

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      The Netherlands
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      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possibly noise
      I haven't noticed any effects either. Only drinking coffee -> sleeping less -> being tired -> louder t.
       
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    5. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Good because I said said "screw you T" and got a grilled cheese sandwich with french fries.. I'm sure the sodium is pretty high but I haven't indulged in any pregnancy cravings for so long now.. Hope it's worth it. :)
       
    6. Martin69
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      Another question is how long does it take for a spike after eating or drinking something? Immediately, next day, some days? I remember that Dr. Nagler once said that once in a while he eats Chinese food and MSG increases his T for a day more or less after eating it.

      I haven't found out yet if any food or drink has an influence. But I avoid as good as possible Aspartame (Coke, light products, Wrigleys etc.), MSG, caffeine, salt and sugar. Salt und sugar is difficult since this is nearly in every product. And I need the one or other chocolate or ice cream calming my nerves. I also cannot drink only water the whole day. Therefore I would recomment eat as healthy as possible avoiding the real junk stuff and only have sometimes french fries and a good burger.

      T is increased neuronal activity in the brain/auditory pathways. So things that increase this nerve activity in your CNS can increase T. At least that's the theory. Every T is different. Some react on food, some not. So you need finding out yourself.
       
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    7. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

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      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Well I agree, those are good questions too. If anyone has any experience with it I would love to hear what you have to say! I ate my greasy, high sodium food about 2.5 hours ago and so far only notice a headache. I haven't eaten anything like this in several weeks so I don't feel very good! I don't think its even worth it now. Haha. I noticed a slight T increase but it accompanied my headache, so I don't think its necessarily related to only the food I've consumed. In general though, I think its always a good idea to stay away from aspartamine, msg and limit caffeine on a daily basis! :popcorndrink: All I drink most days is water and maybe 1 cup of decaf in the am. It DOES get boring..
       
    8. Sailboardman
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      I only eat fresh foods, I prepare myself. I live 1 mile from and organic farm, which helps. Sugar is a killer for me, but I never was a sweets eater, so I'm not missing anything. I drink decaf coffee, which works for me. I drink red wine, which also doesn't change anything. My T is always loud, so I probably wouldn't even notice changes due to diet or drinks?
       
    9. JohnK
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      JohnK Member

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      San Francisco
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      10/26/2015
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      Who knows?
      I haven't noticed any changes from food/bev intake in T.

      Although one time I swear I was eating cake and it went away for a minute. I should get more cake to test this theory :) #caketherapy
       
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    10. dboy
      Jaded

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      I find it makes me feel yucky sometimes when I eat junk after being on natural foods for a while. I agree very much with your general approach to diet. Regarding drinks, I have now got into herbal teas of various flavours for variety, and enjoy the mildly relaxing effect of camomile tea near bedtime. I find Redbush (rooibos) tea is good with soya milk or milk as a caffeine free alternative to tea, and I love the drink 'Barley Cup' as an alternative to coffee since I've read some reports that decaff is pretty unhealthy. :beeranimation:
       
    11. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

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      USA
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      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I've also heard decaf is unhealthy :( I could also go with some Chai Tea in the morning, super delicious!
       
    12. dboy
      Jaded

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      I just did a quick search on decaf and the reports seem to be mixed. You would probably be fine with one cup a day. Thanks for the tip about Chai tea - I hadn't heard of that but it sounds like something I should try. It seems it is not caffeine free, but low caffeine and I've started having the occasional coffee anyway nowadays so what the heck. :)
       
    13. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

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      USA
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      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Yea, chai tea has about 80mg of caffeine so it's pretty low vrs regular coffee. I particularly like the oregon chai tea concentrate that you mix with milk or milk substiute. You can also brew your own and mix it how you like. It's kind of spicy but also sweet. The concentrate is pre-mixed so it's super easy. I think I will probably try some lower caffeine drinks or half caf coffee and see how my body reacts once I'm no longer pregnant. A cup of chai here and there though used to be my favorite before all this started, thenmy ENT recommended avoiding caffeine so I stopped.
       
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    14. Tha_b_man

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      1/1/2009
      I consume around 300mg of caffeine a day with no ill effects. I really have found no food triggers in my world. What I have found, maybe, is that I have more spikes when I'm hungry. Once I'm on empty I start getting the 5-10 second spikes. Hmmm, T is very mysterious.
       
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    15. Cheza
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      Believe it or not, yogurt seems to be a trigger for me, and milk if consumed in cereal. Salt doesn't seem to affect me at all, nor does sugar. I've been drinking decaf since first getting T, and I think it helped a little bit not to drink caffeinated coffee.

      If every time you eat a certain food it aggravates your T, then it's likely to be a trigger for you, even if it doesn't affect someone else. It took me a while to get suspicious of yogurt, because it didn't make sense since cheese doesn't affect my T, but maybe it's something to do with the process of creating yogurt. :dunno:
       
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    16. Snoopy

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    17. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Wow. Well, thats very interesting. Before pregnancy I used to have one 8-10oz cup of coffee a day usually.. I haven't tried any since the T appeared but maybe trying a beverage with low caffeine content could help. Interesting. :)

      "
      New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) finds that higher caffeine intake is associated with lower rates of tinnitus, often described as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear when there is no outside source of the sounds, in younger and middle-aged women. This research is published in the August issue of the American Journal of Medicine.
      In this prospective study, which followed more than 65,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study II, researchers tracked self-reported results regarding lifestyle and medical history from these women, aged 30 to 44 years and without tinnitus in 1991. Information on self-reported tinnitus and date of onset was obtained from questionnaires returned in 2009, with cases defined as women who reported symptoms "a few days/week" or "daily." After 18 years of follow up, researchers identified 5,289 cases of reported incident tinnitus.
      "We observed a significant inverse association between caffeine intake and the incidence of tinnitus among these women," said Gary Curhan, MD, ScD, senior author of the paper and a physician-researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
      Specifically, researchers report that when compared with women with caffeine intake less than 150 milligrams/day (approximately one and a half 8-ounce cups of coffee), the incidence of reported tinnitus was 15 percent lower among those women who consumed 450 to 599 mg/day of caffeine. The majority of caffeine consumed among the women was from coffee and the results did not vary by age.
      "The reason behind this observed association is unclear," said Curhan. "We know that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and previous research has demonstrated that caffeine has a direct effect on the inner ear in both bench science and animal studies. Researchers note that further evidence is needed to make any recommendations about whether the addition of caffeine would improve tinnitus symptoms."
       
    18. Fungus
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      Fungus Member

      Location:
      Wild, Wet and Wooly Wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus?
      No food, drink or medications has any influence whatever on my tinnitus (24/7 high pitched hissing and largely nocturnal PT).
       
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    19. william adams
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      william adams Member Benefactor

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      December 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      I am the same as Fungus I eat and drink what ever I want and still have the high pitched T with no change that I hear 24/7 over the TV, radio, driving in the car. Only thing that covers it is the shower so I take a long one....
       

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