Tinnitus Treatment

Monday, February 28, 2005

Sleeping with tinnitus

Sleeping With Tinnitus

This article was submitted to anonymous and we believe it to be one of the most insightful and helpful articles available to help tinnitus sufferers cope with the anxiety and stress that results from lack of sleep.

Introduction:
Intrusive tinnitus and sleep problems seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether the tinnitus is a mild ringing or a jet engine roar, the quietness of night seems to magnify the intrusiveness of T. Consequently, the incessant nature of Tinnitus very often leads to problems in falling asleep and staying asleep.

This paper is an attempt to help those Tinnitus sufferers who have sleep problems. It is by no means a literary work of art. Instead, it?s a collection of thoughts and ideas that I have written down based on my twenty-plus years of sleeping with tinnitus.
As a T counselor told me over 20 years ago, when it comes to sleep, seemingly small changes can make a big difference in one?s sleep pattern. Thus, it is hoped that some of the ideas presented in this paper may make a positive difference in the reader?s sleep pattern. In fact, if I can help even one reader sleep a little better, then this paper has been well worth the effort.

Who will this paper help?
The following people will benefit most:1) New T sufferers who have trouble sleeping2) T sufferers who have mild to moderate intrusive T. I'm calling a person with a "mild" case of intrusive T someone who doesn't notice his T during the daytime, but hears it when he goes to bed. I'm calling a person with a "moderate" case of intrusive Tinnitus someone who notices his T during the day, but can normally ignore it or block it out?. This person can function during the day doing normal activities, but still has problems with sleep.

Note: For those Tinnitus sufferers who have difficulty ignoring their Tinnitus both during the daytime and at bed time, I would suggest seeing a doctor about getting the proper medications. These people will, hopefully, still find this paper of value.

However, it is my opinion that most of these people will need some form of medication in order to restore their sleep pattern.

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Friday, January 14, 2005

My tinnitus is caused by taking several kinds of medication.

My tinnitus is caused by taking several kinds of medication.: "My tinnitus is caused by taking several kinds of medication. I have TMJ and high cholesterol. I take medication for my high cholesterol. I have year round allergies. "

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.: "TINNITUS STARTED WHEN I WAS DRIVING SUDDENLY I BRAKED AND I NOTICED THAT I HAVE A VERY SERIOUS VERTIGO AFTER THAT TIME I AM SUFFERING FROM A CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR."

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.: "TINNITUS STARTED WHEN I WAS DRIVING SUDDENLY I BRAKED AND I NOTICED THAT I HAVE A VERY SERIOUS VERTIGO AFTER THAT TIME I AM SUFFERING FROM A CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR."

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.: "TINNITUS STARTED WHEN I WAS DRIVING SUDDENLY I BRAKED AND I NOTICED THAT I HAVE A VERY SERIOUS VERTIGO AFTER THAT TIME I AM SUFFERING FROM A CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR."

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.

CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR.: "TINNITUS STARTED WHEN I WAS DRIVING SUDDENLY I BRAKED AND I NOTICED THAT I HAVE A VERY SERIOUS VERTIGO AFTER THAT TIME I AM SUFFERING FROM A CHORONIC VERTIGO ALONG WITH TINNITUS IN MY LEFT EAR."

My tinnitus started about 20 years constant ringing at various levels of loudness.

My tinnitus started about 20 years constant ringing at various levels of loudness.: "My tinnitus started about 20 years constant ringing at various levels of loudness, vertigo, imbalance, nerve damage behind both ears, nausea, sensitivity to sounds, such as fireworks, sudden volume changes "

My tinnitus is a low level hissing sound in the right ear.

My tinnitus is a low level hissing sound in the right ear.: "My tinnitus is a low level hissing sound in the right ear is the main symptom. Occasionally a higher pitched whistling starts in my left ear but fades away in a few seconds - this maybe happens once in two days. Occasionally I suddenly become aware that the hissing in my right ear has increased and that it has suddenly got less."

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

My tinnitus causes ringing in the ears.

My tinnitus causes ringing in the ears.: "My tinnitus causes ringing in the ears, sometimes more than others. Have had sinus problems, allergies for many years. It is causing a hearing loss, especially with background noises in the area. "

The tinitus started after I went to a loud rock concert a few months ago.

The tinitus started after I went to a loud rock concert a few months ago.: "The tinitus started after I went to a loud rock concert a few months ago. I had floor tickets, went close to the stage. The concert was about 3 hours long. Afterwards, my hearing was muffled, and I had a ringing in my ears. I thought that the ringing would stop within a few days, but it has not. "

My tinnitus is a loud ringing in the left ear with intermitting bell ringing.

My tinnitus is a loud ringing in the left ear with intermitting bell ringing.: "My tinnitus is a loud ringing in the left ear
with intermitting bell ringing. 3 weeks ago suffer fist time severe vertigo attack, that left hearing loss in the left ear. Ringing prior 20+ years both ears but, bearable."

My tinnitus I think started 35 yrs. ago from a loud military shooting range accident.

My tinnitus I think started 35 yrs. ago from a loud military shooting range accident.: "I experience a pulsing cricket type of noise primarily in my left ear. If I tense my jaw or neck it gets louder. My family has a history of sinus problems this might be a factor also. "

I have had minor tinnitus problems with ringing like this in the past but never for this extended period of time.

I have had minor tinnitus problems with ringing like this in the past but never for this extended period of time.: "This particular tinnitus instance started about 3 months ago, in about Oct. 2004. I have had minor tinnitus problems with ringing like this in the past but never for this extended period of time. I had a short problem with it about this same time last year but to the best of my memory it went away in a few days. This ringing (high pitched and sort of pulsating) is in just my right ear. I have always suffered with problems with this ear ever since I was a youngester (I am now 55), mostly what was in the old days referred to as an ear ache. "

Monday, January 10, 2005

Tinnitus started after high grade fever and depression.

Tinnitus started after high grade fever and depression.: "My tinnitus started in 1973 after a high grade fever which resulted in depression. The noise is like chirping.
The tinnitus increased more if there is loss of sleep,or mental stress or headache. "

A large metal plate fell next to me causing a load boom directed at my left ear tinnitus started.

A large metal plate fell next to me causing a load boom directed at my left ear tinnitus started.: "A large metal plate fell next to me causing a load boom directed at my left ear tinnitus started as this was in an enclosed area and I was next to a wall so the noise was directed right into my left ear. "

The tinnitus noises sound like "fuzz".

The tinnitus noises sound like "fuzz".: "Seems to be less in the early day and gets worse at night. I have had multiple sinus surgeries. My ears feel like they are always plugged. "

I've had tinnitis since my coma in 1978 from formaldehyde poisoning.

I've had tinnitis since my coma in 1978 from formaldehyde poisoning.: "I suffer from tinnitus and TMJ pulsatile in time with heart beat left side only, cholesterol ok. chemical poisoning"

Tinnitus from a blow to the head.

Tinnitus from a blow to the head.: "Slipped on ice and struck the back of my head. Did suffer a mild concussion but nothing further after that incident."

The tinnitus is a high pitch I already have in my ears constantly.

The tinnitus is a high pitch I already have in my ears constantly.: "I hardly ever notice until I go to bed, and everything is quiet, but when I wake up in the morning it is usually much louder. "

The tinnitus started about three months ago, sounds like crickets.

The tinnitus started about three months ago, sounds like crickets.: "I went to my doctor but he said my ear drums were clear. I've had wax build up from time to time. "

My tinnitus started after hunting at age 12.

My tinnitus started after hunting at age 12.: "My tinnitus started after hunting at age 12 and using my
shoulder as a gun rest for my 'friend', "

Friday, January 07, 2005

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Hearing loss

Can Hearing Loss Be Reversed?

by John Currie, © 2005

If you suspect that you may have hearing loss or you have recently been diagnosed with a hearing impairment, you likely have a lot of questions, the main one being, "Can I get my hearing back?"

The answer to that question depends on what caused your hearing problem in the first place. So this article will look at the various causes and treatments of hearing impairment. And we'll touch on how you can prevent further damage to your hearing.

Types and Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing specialists have determined there are two basic types of hearing loss:


  • Conductive hearing loss: Sound is blocked from reaching the inner ear due to middle ear infections, fluid in the middle ear, wax build up, damage to the ear drum, or excess middle ear bone growth.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss: Sound is blocked from reaching the brain due to damage between the inner ear and the brain. Can be brought on by aging, loud noise, infections of the inner ear or auditory nerve, Meniere's disease , meningitis, MS, brain tumors, strokes, and certain drugs like aspirin and some antibiotics.

  • Your hearing can also be disrupted by a condition called tinnitus , which causes ringing in the ears that can be so loud it drowns out or distorts other sounds.

Diagnosing Hearing Loss

The first thing your GP will do is ask questions like when did you first notice your hearing problem, what difficulties does it cause you, and do you have any related symptoms? He or she may examine your ears, nose and throat or order medical tests.

If a diagnosis isn't conclusive by this point, your doctor may send you to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist, an audiological doctor, or an audiologist who tests hearing and fits hearing aids. An audiometer will likely be used to measure the degree of your hearing loss.

Treating Hearing Loss

Depending on the root cause of your hearing problem, you may be able to recover all or part of your hearing back to normal levels. Hearing problems like age-related hearing loss are not reversible but can be treated.

Here's a look at the treatments for the different types of hearing impairment:

  • Ear infections: antibiotics.
  • Ear blockages: can be cleared by a doctor.
  • Damaged ear drums: surgical repair possible.
  • Age-related hearing loss: hearing aids.
  • Profound deafness: cochlear implants.
  • Meniere's disease: low sodium diet, diuretics, surgery, or natural remedies.
  • Tinnitus: "white noise" hearing aids to mask the ringing, dietary changes, or natural tinnitus remedies.



Hearing Loss Prevention

There's little that can be done to prevent most types of hearing impairment. But one thing we can do is control the noise levels around us.

Loud music or proximity to loud machinery can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. So "keeping it down" and wearing ear plugs are two things you can do to help preserve your hearing.


About the author:

John Currie has been researching and treating tinnitus, Meniere's disease, and other ear disorders for 20 years. His homeopathic tinnitus and Meniere's disease remedies have an 85% success rate, with most patients experiencing total or substantial relief. T-Gone Remedies are made of specially selected herbs and plants that are gentle and safe, with no side effects.


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Vertigo and dizziness

Dizziness and Vertigo: Find the Cause to Find the Cure

by John Currie, © 2004

People who suffer from recurring bouts of dizziness or vertigo tend to describe the two conditions similarly: feeling light-headed, faint, nauseous, and unsteady as if the floor is moving or the whole room is spinning.

There are a wide range of conditions that can cause vertigo. Most of them involve the inner ear, the brain, or the nerves that connect the inner ear to the brain.

Making a Diagnosis

Physicians attempting to diagnose the cause of dizziness and vertigo will inquire about related symptoms such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), deafness, headache, unusual eye movements, vomiting, speech problems and lack of coordination.

They may also order tests to aid in their diagnosis, such as a physical exam, hearing tests, MRI or CT scans of the brain, or other procedures related to the suspected underlying cause of the vertigo.

The Causes of Dizziness and Vertigo

Half of all cases of dizziness and vertigo involve the inner ear, including Meniere's disease and several other inner ear disorders. The other fifty per cent are usually attributed to:

  • Anxiety disorders like panic attacks.
  • Brain disorders such as migraine, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, tumors, or MS.
  • Medical conditions such as low blood pressure, low blood sugar, infection, and heart problems.
  • Certain prescription drugs.
  • Miscellaneous factors such as motion sickness, overheated rooms, and alcohol withdrawal.

However, in about one quarter of all cases the cause of the vertigo is never identified.

Treatment of vertigo

In cases where the cause isn't known, doctors often treat dizziness and vertigo with anti-nausea drugs, balancing exercises, head exercises and bed rest.

When the cause is known, the treatment is based upon the diagnosis. For example, in the case of Meniere's disease, treatments may include medication, lifestyle changes, surgery to drain excess fluid, or homeopathic remedies.

When the cause of the vertigo is an inner ear infection (such as labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis), treatments might involve antibiotics or antiviral drugs, anti-nausea medications, and balance exercises.

If the patient has been diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an inner ear disease that often causes dizziness and vertigo, they might undergo head positioning exercises or canal plugging surgery.

Summary

Since dizziness and vertigo can be caused by so many different disorders and conditions, the first step towards a cure is to identify the cause. Then you can seek the appropriate treatment, whether you opt for traditional medicine, alternative remedies, or a combination of both.

About the author:

John Currie has been researching and treating tinnitus, Meniere's disease, and other ear disorders for 20 years. His homeopathic remedies have an 85% success rate, with most patients experiencing total or substantial relief. T-Gone Remedies are made of specially selected herbs and plants that are gentle and safe, with no side effects.

Visit T-Gone Remedies to learn more.




What is tinnitus? Can tinnitus be treated

Ringing in Your Ears:

How to recognize and treat Tinnitus

by John Currie, © 2005

It's hard to imagine the discomfort and disruption that tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause in the lives of sufferers. They hear a ringing, hissing, roaring, chirping, buzzing, drumming or whistling noise when no outside sound is actually present.

These sounds can be intermittent or constant, often preventing them from sleeping, concentrating on work, and enjoying their normal activities. Severe forms of the condition have contributed to job loss, divorce, anxiety, depression, violence and even suicide.

Some sources say that up to 35% of the population has tinnitus in varying degrees.

Causes of Tinnitus

There are many theories about how tinnitus sounds are actually produced inside the head, but nobody knows for sure. Since tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease, the best way to treat it is to determine what caused it.

Tinnitus can be a symptom of Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that also causes dizziness and nausea. But many other causes of tinnitus have been identified, such as:

  • ear infection
  • ear drum damage
  • allergies and sinus problems
  • exposure to loud noise
  • a blow to the head
  • high cholesterol
  • stress, depression, and traumatic life events
  • medicines
  • heavy metal poisoning
  • jaw alignment problems (TMJ)
  • low thyroid
  • ear wax build up
  • certain tumors

Sometimes there will be two or more causes of tinnitus in one patient, for example noise and stress occurring together is a common combination.

Diagnosis

Ear, nose and throat specialists attempting to diagnose tinnitus will ask if you have had vertigo or imbalance, head trauma or other illness, and what medications you're taking. They may do a physical exam of the head, neck, and ears, test your blood pressure and pulse, and recommend an audiologic evaluation.

However, sufferers who have done some research on their own often end up diagnosing themselves with tinnitus.

Tinnitus Treatments

Conventional medical treatments such as surgery or drugs don't cure tinnitus. Some doctors treat the condition with sedatives, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants or antihistamines. In more severe cases, special hearing aids or masking devices have been prescribed, or surgical injections of lidocaine directly to the inner ear.

Alternative treatments like hypnotherapy and acupuncture have also been used with varying degrees of success. Excellent results have been achieved through homeopathic remedies that are formulated specifically for each type or cause of tinnitus. These natural-source tinnitus remedies help most sufferers either reduce or eliminate their symptoms over time. Learn more about tinnitus remedies here.

Tinnitus Prevention

Those who have tinnitus can take steps to prevent or reduce the intensity of their ear ringing by:

  • Limiting caffeine and nicotine intake (both reduce blood flow to the ears).
  • Switching from aspirin to another pain reliever.
  • Reducing salt intake.
  • Avoiding loud noise.
  • Exercising to increase blood flow to the ears.

About the author:

John Currie has been researching and treating tinnitus for 20 years. His tinnitus remedies have an 85% success rate, with most patients experiencing total or substantial relief.

T-Gone Remedies are made of specially selected natural herbs and plants that are gentle and safe, with no side effects. Visit T-Gone Remedies to learn more.


Tinnitus News From January 2005.

Tinnitus News From January 2005.: "Tinnitus Information & News From T-Gone Remedies.
January 2005
7 January 2005
Fair offers strategies to ensure hearing loss no impediment
he also has ringing in the ears from tinnitus. His wife lost hearing quickly in one of her ears due to Meniere's disease .
Deaf get improved access to police
There are approximately 115,000 deaf or hard -of- hearing people living in San Antonio, according to the Police Department.
Typetalk allows deaf to do business by phone
And to help with this, an innovative service has been developed which allows deaf and hearing people to communicate over the phone.
Does magnesium help
recovery in low-middle frequencies. Today I woke with a bad case of tinnitus and worse hearing than ever, so I want to know more.
Deafness can follow too much music noise
people take steps to protect their hearing when they go for a night out, many could start find themselves with hearing loss or suffer tinnitus.
Health and fitness calendar, January 4
The Denver Tinnitus Support Group for people with the chronic hearing disorder, characterized as a never-ending ringing
Presidential Ailments
basal-cell carcinoma (skin cancer) on the nose; colon cancer (treatment for which removed two feet of his colon); colonic polyps; partial hearing loss in both ears
Call Center Noise Hazards Place Operators at Risk
It can lead to physical problems such as tinnitus , and emotional problems such as anxiety and depression.
Hearing Aids are still not enough
audiologists because hearing aids make the quick, noticeable difference.' Speechreading adds to understanding.' People who have had hearing loss for many
Patty Spitler leaves the air
The 32-year broadcast veteran called it quits after deciding the debilitating effect of Meniere's disease"

Tinnitus can be cured. We have an 85% success rate in the treatement of tinnitus.

Tinnitus: News From December 2004.

Tinnitus News From December 2004. All The Latest tinnitus news and information.: "Tinnitus Information & News From T-Gone Remedies.
December 2004
21 December 2004
Police off front line to speed up bureaucracy
Around 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work.
Staff claim for hearing problems including tinnitus
Individual claims range from �2,000 for minor hearing complaints, to �10,000 for tinnitus , an intermittent noise, such as buzzing or ringing, in the ears.
20 December 2004
Plea over tinnitus research
There are about 2.5million chronic sufferers in the UK, but the charity Action For Tinnitus Research wants to colllate accurate figures.
Sidonie Goossens
In old age she suffered some minor strokes, but none affected her mind or her speech, though she was a victim (to her great distress) of tinnitus .
Celebrating the Music, and Humanity, of Beethoven
It started with tinnitus , with a buzzing in his ears, and it seems that he was in his late 20s when he first noticed problems.
MUSIC PRESIDENT DIES, AGED 85
This was in spite of a coronary bypass operation in 1995 and, more recently, the onset of aural tinnitus .
Family's Christmas present is so special
was rushed to Fairfield Hospital in May when he was diagnosed with M�ni�re's Disease, which affects the ear and causes deafness, tinnitus and vertigo.
Lithium: The First Mood Stabilizer
More severe symptoms include ataxia (failure or irregularity of muscle action), giddiness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), blurred vision, and a large output.
15 December 2004
Health & fitness calendar, December 14
Support group - The Denver Tinnitus Support Group for people with the chronic hearing disorder"

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Salt in your diet. Keep it low... It may save your life?

PASS THE SALT, PLEASE...


Maybe you should think again.

Do you actually know how much salt you have eaten today?

What about yesterday?

If you don't know you'd be wise to know in the future as it could just save your life.


  • Too much salt pushes up your blood pressure, and consequently your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.

  • Other research suggests that salt puts you more at risk of diabetes, cataracts, brittle bones, cancer, dementia, as well as untimely death.

Currently, the daily recommended level for adults and children above the age of 11 is below 6g of salt (or 2,4g of the sodium it contains) - little more than a heaped teaspoon. Babies below six months should have less than 1g of salt a day.

In Britain, government watchdogs say half the population - around 26 million people - eat more than the safe limit. Around 2,3 million take in more than 18g on any given day, which is about three and a half heaped teaspoons.

In Western countries, if the skyrocketing incidence of high blood pressure and heart disease is anything to go by, we also eat too much salt and not just because we are too liberal with the salt cellar.

  • Specialists point at the food industry and the hidden salt it uses to make its processed food taste better and last longer.

  • They say about 80% of the salt in our diet actually comes from processed foods

  • These include obvious ones like potato chips, sausages, pies and sauces, and those you would least expect to have a lot of salt like breakfast cereals, fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and puddings.

Food industry is poisoning consumers...

In the UK, specialists say the food industry is effectively "poisoning millions of consumers, killing around 220 000 people each year".

South Africans and Americans are also overly reliant upon preserved, processed foods.

  • Some people say the risks of salt in our food are exaggerated and politicised and should literally be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • Not surprisingly, many of them are to be found within the heart of powerful vested interests in the food industry.

The American Salt Institute's website says you really only need to restrict your salt intake if you are hypertensive.

For the "normotensive population" (normal blood pressure), restriction of salt intake is not recommended as there is insufficient incidence of hypertension.

The site quotes an award-winning investigative science reporter as saying that decades of intensive research suggests that "the true benefits of avoiding salt are small or nonexistent and researchers believing they have detected such benefits have been deluded by the confounding of other variables".

High salt intake = high prevalence of hypertension

Dr Hattie Wright, senior lecturer of North West University's School for Nutrition and Consumer Science, says countries with a high salt consumption are shown to have a high prevalence of hypertension and stroke.

The relationship between salt consumption and blood pressure is "stronger in older people, those with a family history of hypertension, and higher blood pressures at baseline". She says the shows that blood pressure is related to dietary sodium intake in "salt-sensitive" hypertension.

  • Risk factors include race (Black people are most at risk), obesity, age, diabetes and renal dysfunction.

  • Others say there is no doubt about the risks, and we would all benefit from eating less salt.

  • After all we eat 10 times more salt than our Stone Age ancestors ate, and concerns about salt are not new.

  • Way back in 2 500BC Chinese physicians warned patients that too much salt in their food would harden their "pulse".

Doctors may tell you to eat more salt in your food if you happen to have very low blood pressure.

For the rest, it is irresponsible to say you don't need to watch your salt intake just because your blood pressure is normal.

WHAT IS SALT?

Salt and sodium are often used interchangeably. Salt's chemical name is sodium chloride. Sodium is the component of salt that gives it its characteristic taste. Chloride is the component used as a source of chlorine for chemical manufacturing, to keep drinking and pool water clean and safe.

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

All salt comes from the sea at some point, either from an existing ocean or a dried up sea that has become a salt mine or pans. Salt is not the only source of sodium. Sodium is also found in additives including sodium nitrite, sodium bicarbonate and monosodium glutamate.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The body needs sodium to function normally. Sodium is the main component of the body's extracellular fluids and helps to carry nutrients into the cells and to regulate blood pressure and fluid volume.

HOW CAN IT HARM YOU?

The theory is that when there is too much sodium, the body responds by absorbing lots of fluid from the muscles and organs into the bloodstream.

The arterial system is closed and can accommodate a fixed volume of blood or fluid. An excess of fluid forces the heart to work overtime to pump blood around the body.

This pushes up blood pressure and thereafter the risk of heart and other problems.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?

Check labels on all processed foods to see how much sodium they contain. More than 0.5 sodium (1.25g salt) is a lot; less than 0.1g (0.25g salt) is little.


KEEP A CHECK ON YOUR DAILY INTAKE


Be sparing with sauces, especially soy sauce, as it is usually very high.


Cut down on salty snacks such as potato chips. Go for low-salt snacks like dried fruit, sticks of vegetables and unsalted nuts instead.


Eat less heavily salted foods such as bacon, cheese, pickles, smoked fish and many ready-prepared meals.


Choose canned vegetables and pulses marked "no added salt".


Make your own stock or choose lower salt stick cubes. Stock cubes tend to be high in salt.


Add less salt to cooking. Use herbs and spices to add flavour to cooking, instead of salt.


Get out of the habit of adding salt at the table; taste your food first.


Include fresh foods in your diet, particularly fruit and vegetables. Many are low in salt and fat, high in fibre and rich in anti-oxidants.

The sodium content of some common foods are:

These values are a guide for your information only and are in units of
mg of sodium per 100g per portion of food.
(3,5 oz)


Check the nutritional values of the food you are buying or eating on the product packaging.

Apple, raw unpeeled 1

Apple juice, bottled 1

Applesauce, sweetened 2

Asparagus, cooked 1 (regular canned 236)

Avocado 4

Bacon, cooked 1021


Bacon, canadian 2500

Baking powder 11,000

Banana 1

Barly, pearled 3

Beans, Lima 1 (regular canned 236)

Beans, snap green, cooked 4 (regular canned 236)

Beans, white common, cooked 7

Beans, canned with pork and tomato sauce 463

Bean sprouts, cooked 4

Beef, roasted broiled or stewed 60

Beef, corned 1,740

Beef hash, canned 540

Beef, dried 4,300

Beef hamburger 47

Beef pie or stew, commercial 400

Beets, cooked 43 (regular canned 236)

Beverages, beer 7

Beverages, liquor 1 (avoid margaritas with salt!)

Beverages, wine 5

Beverage, soda 0 to 100 (check can)

Beverage, fruit drink 0

Beverage, water 0

Biscuits 630

Blackberries 1

Bluefish, cooked 104

Bouillon cubes 24,000

Bread 300 to 500


Broccoli, cooked 10

Brussels sprouts, cooked 10

Butter, salted 826 (unsalted - less than 10)

Cabbage 20

Cakes 100 to 300


Candy, caramels, fudge 200

Candy, hard, marshmallow, peanut brittle 30

Cantaloupe 12

Carrots 40 (regular canned 236)

Cashews, unsalted 15

Cauliflower 10

Celery, raw 126 (cooked 88)

Cereals bran, wheat, crude 9

Cereals, commercial 700 to 1100

Cereal, Corn grits 1

Cereal, Cornmeal 1

Cereal, Farina, dry 2 (cooked salted or instant 160)

Cereal, Oatmeal, dry 2 (cooked salted 218)

Cereal, Rice flakes 987

Cereal, wheat flakes 1000

Cereal, wheat, puffed 4

Cereal, wheat, shredded 3

Cheese, cheddar 620

Cheese, processed 1189

Cheese, cottage 406

Cheese, cream 296

Cheese, Mozzarella 373

Cheese, Parmesan 1,862

Cheese, Swiss 260

Cherries, Raw 2

Chicken, cooked, without skin 60 to 80

Chicken pot pie, commercial 411

Chickpeas, dry 8

Chicory 7

Chili con carne, canned with beans 531

Chili powder with seasonings 1574

Chocolate, plain