Vertigo and How to Minimize it

Have you ever heard about vertigo?
Vestibular neuritis common cause vertigo…

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Vertigo and How to Minimize it

In Fact, between 2001 and 2004, 69 million Americans over age 40 experienced vestibular dysfunction, according to the Vestibular Disorder Association. The vestibular system in your brain your allows you to stand upright, move freely and maintain balance. Vertigo disrupts these functions, causing the sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning. Potential causes include migraines, injuries, inner-ear conditions and seizures.

What should we do then to minimize the vertigo?
A healthy diet, limited in certain foods, may improve your symptoms.

What kind of foods to minimize vertigo ?
#1. Salty Foods
Sodium creates imbalance in body fluids. It causes fluid retention in the body and affects pressure buildup in the inner ear, causing vertigo. A vertigo diet therefore needs to be very low in salt.
The Menieres organization recommends 120mg of salt daily for those suffering from Menieres disease, a chief cause of vertigo, as opposed to the normal FDA recommendation of 2,000mg sodium intake daily.
A high-sodium diet can offset fluid balance and regulation in your body, increasing your risk for vertigo flare-ups. One-quarter tsp. of salt provides 600 mg of sodium — over one-third of an adult’s daily recommended intake. Because natural foods typically provide enough sodium to fulfill your daily needs, cut back on table salt and salty foods, such as canned vegetables and soups, frozen meals and processed snack foods, such as potato chips, crackers and pretzels, pastas, sauces, condiments, baking soda, baking powder, pizza, seasonings, pickles, cheese, and salad dressings, all have the potential to trigger vertigo.

Nutritious alternatives include fresh vegetables, homemade soup and air-popped popcorn, seasoned with natural herbs.

#2.Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
Foods high in sugar such as ice cream, honey, chocolate, dates, maple syrup, cream, jams and jellies, juice, cookies, cakes, donuts, candy, and processed snacks can all trigger central vertigo.
A major cause for central vertigo is lack of sufficient oxygen in the brain. Sugary foods raise blood pressure and blood sugar albeit temporarily, and in such a condition, blood takes longer to reach the brain, depriving the brain of sufficient oxygen and becoming a cause for vertigo.
Sugar substitutes do not constitute an alternative to natural sugar to control vertigo. Aspartame, a major ingredient of almost all sugar substitutes including the most popular Equal and NutraSweet can cause many illnesses including vertigo.

Use the complex sugars that found in legumes and whole grains constitute a safe alternative.

#3. Fatty Foods
Foods high in fat such as ice cream, cheese, shortening, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, butter, meats, and other deep fried foods, like sugar raise blood pressure temporarily, causing reduced flow of blood, and consequently lesser oxygen for the brain. This cause dizziness and trigger vertigo. Fatty foods also cause inflammation of the arteries and of the inner ear, creating the same phenomena.

#4. Tyramine Rich Foods
Red wine, chicken liver, smoked meats, yogurt, chocolate, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, ripened cheeses and nuts all contain the amino acid tyramine and cause vertigo.Tyramine cause dilation of blood vessels and trigger migraine, a major causative factor of vertigo.

#5. Aged Meats and Cheeses
Aged meats and cheeses contain rich amounts of the amino acid tyramine, which is a common migraine trigger, according to the National Headache Foundation. If you are prone to vertigo associated with migraines, avoid pepperoni, salami, liverwurst, smoked sausage and aged cheeses, such as Swiss, provolone, mozzarella, brie, cheddar, blue and Roquefort cheese. Migraine-friendly alternatives include fresh fish and meats, cottage, ricotta and American cheese. If dairy products trigger migraine pain or digestive symptoms, choose nondairy equivalents such as tofu, rice milk and soy cheese.

#6. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds, including peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, are also high in tyramine. Because nuts and seeds provide heart-healthy fats, incorporate low-tyramine healthy fat sources, such as canola oil, olive oil, fresh salmon and avocados, into your diet instead. If you’re not prone to migraines, avoid salted nuts, seeds and nut butters for improved fluid balance.

So, most of the food causes of vertigo stem from deficiency of certain nutrients. Consumption of a healthy and balanced diet, with meals spread evenly throughout the day provides the body with proper supply of nutrients and contribute to preempting vertigo. Drinking a lot of fluids, avoiding substances such as caffeine that causes fluid loss, and consumption of foods with high liquid content help restore lost fluids from the body and prevent vertigo…

Let’s do the healthy diet and healthy life…

To prevent a lot of disease and cure it!




References :
US National Library of Medicine. Vertigo-associated disorders. Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo.
Vestibular Disorders Association. Dietary Considerations for Vestibular Disorders.


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