If you are suffering from chronic bouts of dizziness, do not give into despair. First of all, you are far from alone. Dizziness, in all of its various forms, is one of the most common ailments being experienced today. That doesn’t mean you should just accept it as a normal part of your life now. We’re going to look at five things you can start doing at home right now to try and reduce the frequency and severity of your episodes of dizziness. Then we will consider a natural therapy that hundreds of case studies have shown the efficacy of when it comes to helping patients break free from dizziness.
#1 – Stay Properly Hydrated
One of the earliest signs of dehydration is dizziness. Thus, one of the fastest fixes for dizziness is drinking more water. It’s inexpensive, and there are no negative side effects (except maybe needing to use the bathroom a little more often). It is particularly important to increase your water intake if you live in a very hot and dry environment where you may need more than the usual eight 8-ounce cups of water per day. Try using one of the many apps that can help you to track how much water you drink and see if this provides some relief.
#2 – Don’t Miss Meals
If your blood sugar drops, which may happen if you go too long without eating, dizziness can be one of the symptoms you experience. If you eat three meals a day and still have your blood sugar drop too low on occasion, you may need to change your meal habits to eat six smaller meals per day. This regular eating schedule may keep your blood sugar regulated.
#3 Take Your Time Sitting and Standing Up
When you sit up from a prone position or stand up from a seated position, your body should automatically adjust your blood pressure to account for the effect that gravity has on blood flow in the body. If you suddenly start getting less blood to your head, dizziness can occur. Sometimes, the body doesn’t react to the changes in position in time if we move too quickly. For example, if you wake up in the morning and immediately spring to your feet, you may find that you are dizzy for a few seconds until your blood pressure can catch up. Try getting up a little slower and see if that helps reduce how often dizziness sets in.
Stress and anxiety can bring on attacks of dizziness, so it is important to be able to kick back and relax from time to time, especially if you are dealing with a lot of stress at work or from other sources. Something as simple as a relaxing massage from a loved one from time to time may be able to help you keep stress hormones under control and may reduce how often you get dizzy. Other nice ways to relax include meditation, reading a good book, taking a hot bath, or having a good meal with friends or family. Find what helps you to unwind.
#5 Turn the Hot Water Down
When you take a hot shower, your blood vessels dilate. That can lead to a rapid drop in blood pressure. As we considered earlier, low blood pressure can lead to the sudden onset of dizziness. So if you find you get dizzy in the shower or just after you get out of the shower, this may be the problem. Try taking cooler showers and see if that stops your dizziness from happening.
Natural Relief from Dizziness Can Be a Reality!
We’d like to introduce you to one way that many people are overcoming dizziness. It is a subspecialty of chiropractic care called upper cervical. How do gentle and precise adjustments to the upper neck help patients with dizziness?
You may have noticed a few common factors in our natural home remedies list. Many of them dealt with coping with stress and regulating blood pressure as well as blood flow to the brain. You may be surprised to learn that an upper cervical subluxation can affect all of these things. In what ways?
- Brainstem function – Since the C1 (atlas) surrounds the brainstem, even a fraction of a millimeter of misalignment can affect brainstem function. The brainstem is responsible for many of the things that occur involuntarily in the body. So relieving pressure from the brainstem can help everything from regulating blood pressure to helping the brain cope with stress hormones.
- Blood flow – The cervical spine facilitates blood flow to the brain. This occurs by means of tiny loops of bone called vertebral foramen that are only found on the cervical vertebrae. What is the purpose of these loops of bone? They provide safe passage for the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Thus, a misalignment can affect this proper blood flow and lead to dizziness. Correcting the misalignment can help to restore the proper flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
These are just some of the benefits that come from having the top bones in the neck properly aligned. If you would like to see what this safe and natural form of care can do for you, contact a practitioner in your area today. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step toward breaking the chains of dizziness once and for all!