When you were a child, you probably made yourself dizzy sometimes just for the fun of it. Now that you’re grown up, you may find that it’s no longer a laughing matter. In fact, dizziness is one of the most common and complicated medical complaints.
Learn how to distinguish between the main varieties of dizziness, and find out what you can do to stay steady on your feet. This quick guide will show you what you need to know.
Facts about Dizziness
- Dizziness can occur when you’re recovering from the flu or it can strike out of nowhere. Whatever the cause, being informed can help you restore your balance.
- Recognize different kinds of dizziness. Vertigo is the most common form of dizziness, and it’s not what you see in the movies. It’s the feeling that you or your surroundings are moving even when they’re standing still. Dizziness can also be related to fainting, trouble walking, or psychological conditions including depression and anxiety.
- Know when to seek immediate care. Most cases of dizziness are not serious, but urgent care is needed for additional symptoms that could be signs of a heart condition or stroke. That includes chest pain, trouble breathing, double vision, and slurred speech.
- Understand the effects of aging. Dizziness is more common among seniors, and it’s more likely to interfere with daily activities. Your doctor can usually customize a treatment plan that will help you remain mobile.
Short-Term Protection from Dizziness
The first thing you want to do when you’re feeling light-headed is avoid falling down or becoming involved in a car accident. Prompt action will reduce your risk of injury.
- Stop what you’re doing. If possible, lie down and keep your head still. Sip water and avoid solid foods if you’re also experiencing nausea and vomiting.
- Move slowly. When you’re ready, stand up gradually and avoid sudden movements. Dizziness often involves conflicting signals to your brain so move your eyes first, then your head, limbs, and torso. Take care with activities like driving, and wear sensible shoes.
- Cut back on caffeine. Caffeine can pack a double whammy because it reduces circulation to your balance center in the inner ear and aggravates anxiety. Limit your consumption of coffee, cola, and chocolate.
Longer-Term Solutions for Dizziness
It’s important to address the underlying causes of your dizziness.
Proper treatment can provide lasting relief.
- See your doctor. Describing your symptoms accurately will help your doctor to diagnose your condition. Because dizziness affects so many different parts of your body, you may be referred to a specialist. Your doctor may also prescribe motion sickness drugs temporarily to make you more comfortable.
- Perform targeted exercises. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy involves simple movements of the eyes, head, and body that can often make your dizziness disappear in a few minutes. Your doctor or physical therapist can give you specific instructions for your individual condition.
- Work on your coordination. Any activity that enhances balance and eye-hand-body coordination will help fight dizziness. Play tennis or practice Tai Chi and yoga.
- Talk it over. In some cases, dizziness may be a sign of depression and anxiety that can be helped with counseling and medication. Relaxation practices such as meditation and deep breathing can also be effective.
- Consider surgery. Surgery for dizziness is rarer today because less invasive treatments are more widely available. However, surgery may still be recommended for chronic disorders such as Meniere’s disease.
Dizziness is usually a harmless and temporary condition, but a little knowledge can help you avoid falls and rule out more serious causes. Protect your sense of balance with simple home remedies and appropriate medical care.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health, your environment, and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use functional medicine and lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them), and can even help you with detoxification. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.
But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.
But it is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my MaxHealth Essentials Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Wellness and Immune-Boosting Supplements to use! This MaxHealth Essentials Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency.
For best results make sure you use the supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, help you maintain a healthy weight, and is a great way to detox your body!
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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Last updated on April 4th, 2023 at 12:53 pm
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