Dizziness Remedies You Can Find in Your Kitchen

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Have you lately found yourself feeling unsteady or as if the room is spinning around you? This sensation, commonly known as dizziness or vertigo, is something quite a few of us encounter, particularly as we advance into our golden years. In fact, by the age of 40 and beyond, a significant number of adults report having faced health concerns where dizziness was a prominent symptom. Dizziness might make you feel as if you're about to lose your balance, lead to light-headedness, or in some instances, feel like you're on the verge of fainting – and it's actually the leading cause of fainting spells among adults.

While dizziness on its own isn't usually indicative of a grave health condition, it's prudent not to ignore it. Sometimes, it might be a clue that something else in your body requires attention, especially if it's accompanied by other out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.

Causes of Dizziness

To help people who suffer from dizziness, we need to understand what is causing it. Dizziness is often due to these severe conditions:

  • Anemia
  • Low blood pressure
  • Neurological conditions
  • Neck or head injuries
  • Heart stroke

It can also be due to less severe problems such as:

  • Car sickness
  • Changes in hormones
  • Excessive exercise
  • A side effect of a specific medication
  • Dehydration

Also, another reason for dizziness is circulation problems. When the brain is not receiving enough blood from the heart, it will result in your systolic blood pressure to drop quickly. Thus, you may begin to feel lightheaded. Often, when you stand up or sit down suddenly, you would feel dizzy as a result. Further, anxiety disorders can be a factor, too, and being exposed to too much heat, causing dehydration. Having a neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease can also cause dizziness.

Dizziness: What Are The Symptoms? 

Even though dizziness is also a symptom by itself, it frequently appears with other warning signs:

  • Changes in vision
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Blind spots
  • Paleness
  • Abnormal headaches
  • Sweating and clamminess
  • Irregular or slow pulse
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Incorrect sense of motion
  • Loss of consciousness

Risk Factors for Dizziness 

  • Being Older In Age

Dizziness occurs for many people, especially those who are middle-aged or older. In fact, about 40% of people over 40 will experience vertigo or other forms of dizziness. However, a recent study revealed that there is a reason to be concerned if one experiences sudden dizziness when standing up.

This is a well-known cause of dizziness. When a person stands, blood pressure may suddenly drop. The result is a dizzy spell. Unfortunately, the ultimate result can be less blood reaching all the way to the brain during such an episode. Researchers posit that this can lead to long-term damage to the brain and eventually dementia.

The study involved observing over 11,500 people over the course of more than two decades.

  • Previous Incidences Of Dizziness

One bout of dizziness frequently leads to another. Therefore, it would be a good idea to take some precautions to avoid more dizziness incidents. 

Taking Care of Your Dizziness: Kitchen Items to Use

Some practical, natural, and useful home remedies can help with your dizziness. They are the following:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

It can be a very effective remedy for dizziness. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey, and then mix in a glass of cold water. Then drink every day.

  • Ginger

It is an excellent remedy when it comes to increasing blood circulation. When you are feeling dizzy, try to chew on a small piece of fresh ginger. Also, you can drink ginger tea a few times a day.

  • Mustard

It is long known to be one of the best remedies for dizziness. Why? Mustard can increase your blood circulation and keep your body balanced while you are on your feet. Mix vinegar, pepper, salt, and mustard in equal portions, then add these ingredients to a glass of water and drink a few times within the day.

  • Honey

It contains a high content of natural sugar. Thus, it makes for an excellent home remedy for dizziness. It increases your energy and helps eliminate low blood sugar. Drink twice a day for best results.

  • Lemon

Lemon is rich in vitamin C. It can help boost your immune system. Also, it provides the body fluids that help you keep your energy. Go ahead and mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with a pinch of crushed black pepper in a hot water cup. Then, add a sprinkle of salt and drink three times daily until your dizziness becomes better. You can also add the juice from half a lemon to a warm water cup with honey (around two teaspoons.). Then, drink daily.

  • Yogurt

Yogurt is known for its ability to boost the immune system. As a result, it can relieve the symptoms of dizziness. Some suggestions are to take yogurt once a day. For added health benefits, you can add cloves and pumpkin seeds.

  • Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

It contains abundant doses of vitamins A and C. These can increase circulation, boost the immune system, and prevent or alleviate dizziness. Grind two Indian gooseberry fruits into a paste and mix with two teaspoons of coriander seeds. Add this mixture to the water container and let it sit overnight. Strain in the morning and drink at least once a day.

Additional Tips for Vertigo Relief

Besides taking advantage of some of food items above, we strongly recommend trying the additional tips listed below. These will help you make a huge difference in your managing your symptoms and leading a normal life.

Try the Epley Maneuver

The Epley maneuver is a simple treatment to stop the dizziness caused by BPPV. It can relieve positional vertigo in many cases and works about 80 percent of the time. You can perform the Epley maneuver with a physical therapist. Here are the essential steps for this vertigo remedy:

  • Sit upright on a bed or chair with your head turned 45 degrees toward the affected ear.
  • Quickly turn your head 90 degrees so that you're facing down and your nose points toward the floor.
  • While keeping your head turned and facing down, lie on your back. Then, point your nose upward at a 45-degree angle for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Turn your body so that you're lying down with your head turned 90 degrees away from the affected ear and towards the opposite shoulder. Keep everything still for 30 seconds to 1 minute while looking straight ahead.
  • Turn back to the starting position sitting upright, and repeat this entire process at least two more times for three sets of movements.

Include Meditative Exercises to Your Routine

Calm and gentle exercises help alleviate and eliminate vertigo pain by relaxing your mind. It reduces your anxiety and regulates the production and release of brain chemicals that affect your sense of balance. The most common forms of meditative exercise that are good for positional vertigo include meditation and yoga.

Say Yes to a Healthy Lifestyle

Sometimes, a few lifestyle changes can help alleviate any vertigo pain, including positional vertigo. Below are a few examples of things you can try to cope better with your vertigo attacks:

Eating a healthy diet

What you eat can significantly affect the symptoms of positional vertigo. You should avoid foods or drinks that trigger or worsen your symptoms, like alcohol and caffeine. Also, consider eating bananas, ginger, and applesauce. These foods could reduce your vertigo as they contain potassium, which reduces dizziness and help with nausea.

Staying hydrated

When trying to circumvent dizziness or vertigo, it is vital to stay hydrated as dehydration lowers one's blood pressure and volume. When this happens, your brain will not be able to receive the right amount of blood and oxygen to function as it should. Consequently, this will lead to balance problems.

Drinking eight glasses or two liters of water a day is your best chance of countering vertigo from dehydration. If you are not a huge fan of plain water, you can also have your drink with a bit of lemon, honey, ginger, or isotonic water.

Managing your stress levels

As vertigo can get triggered by stress and chemical imbalances in your system, managing stressors can help the severity and frequency of your symptoms. You can do this by doing simple breathing techniques, having ample sleep at night, resting when you feel your body needs it, and giving yourself time for hobbies and activities that make you feel good, fulfilled, and happy.

Seeking Professional Help for Dizziness

If you have tried the remedies mentioned above and find they are not sufficient to the task, you can seek an upper cervical chiropractor’s advice. Upper cervical care focuses on keeping the spine healthy and properly aligned. 

Dizziness, in many cases, is due to misaligned bones of the upper cervical spine (the neck). If the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) vertebra, the top bones of the neck are misaligned, they can place the brainstem under stress and pressure. When this happens, there are two possibilities.

First, the misaligned bones would hinder the proper blood flow from going to the brain, resulting in dizziness. Second, another problem would arise, since these vertebrae sit close to your brainstem. The brainstem is an integral part of the nervous system. It is the communication hub between the body and the brain. Therefore, if a misalignment occurs in this area, the misaligned bone pressures the brainstem. As a result, it malfunctions and starts sending wrong signals to the brain. If it tells the brain the body is in motion, even when it is not, dizziness can be the outcome. 

FAQs: Natural Remedies for Elderly Patients Living with Vertigo

#1. Why do older adults have age-related inner ear problems?

Aging often leads to the gradual deterioration of the inner ear and neck bone structure. Unknown to many people, the neck and inner ears play an active role in maintaining balance and sensing the body’s movements and orientation to the surroundings. When either of the two works correctly, patients become highly susceptible to vertigo or spinning sensations.

#2. What are the accompanying vertigo and dizziness symptoms in elderly adults?

Vertigo rarely occurs without its accompanying symptoms. As a patient with recurring vertigo episodes, you might find it helpful to keep track of the symptoms you experience to pinpoint the underlying health problem you have.

Additionally, you can prevent unwanted emergencies and injuries by knowing the accompanying symptoms. Here’s a short list of things you should look out for during an episode:

  • You feel like your surroundings are moving or spinning even if there is no actual movement
  • You have trouble focusing your eyes
  • You sometimes experience hearing loss in one ear
  • You struggle to stand still or walk in a straight line
  • You hear an irritating ringing or buzzing sound in one ear
  • You sweat more than usual
  • You feel a bit nauseous

#3. What other things can contribute to age-related vertigo?

It’s crucial to note that vertigo attacks have many triggers and risk factors. Besides aging and the gradual deterioration of various organs or systems used to detect balance and movement changes, you should also lookout for the following things:

Dehydration

Being forgetful in the elderly is common, and some of them may forget even the basic things such as keeping themselves hydrated. Dizziness when dehydrated is common, and a glass of water can work wonders in your dizziness.

Medications

As you age, there might be an inevitable need for medications, especially for maintenance, and sadly these maintenance medications can bring dizziness as one of the most common side effects. Blood pressure medication is one of the most common causes of dizziness. Quitting your prescription is not an option. Instead, it is important to raise these concerns to your doctor as soon as possible.

Anemia

Low iron levels can lead to anemia, with dizziness as one of its common symptoms. However, a simple blood test done by your doctor can determine if you are anemic. Once confirmed, you may get a prescription for iron supplements to normalize your blood levels, eliminating dizziness.

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Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can happen if you have irregular eating schedules. In addition, people diagnosed with diabetes may often deal with low blood sugar as they become too concerned with increasing their blood sugar levels.

Meniere’s Disease

This rare vestibular disorder commonly causes vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss in one ear, and a feeling of pressure inside the ear. Additionally, some patients note that they have nausea, dizziness, and unlevelled gait. Back then, only a few Americans get diagnosed with Meniere’s mainly because of the lack of standardized tests and the condition’s strong similarities to other health complaints. But nowadays, more and more people are aware of Meniere’s and its symptoms encouraging the scientific community to look into new vertigo remedies.

Heart Disease or Stroke

People must be aware that dizziness can also be linked to a heart attack or stroke that requires emergency care. Knowing the signs of a heart attack or brainstem ischemia (stroke) can save your life and prevent unwanted side effect.

Physical Trauma

Suppose you have recently experienced an accident that led to trauma, particularly in the head or neck. In that case, you might experience dizziness and spinning sensations within the next few minutes, hours, days, or even weeks. If not, you should continue looking out for the symptoms later in life.

Misalignment in the upper spine

Upper cervical spine misalignments are quite common. Sadly, not many people know about it until they start having debilitating problems such as vertigo attacks.

You may not be aware of this because it usually causes very minimal pain at first. You may even think the injury did not affect you. But, as the neck’s altered curvature takes a toll on your overall posture, various organs suffer. You also develop problems such as:

  • Impaired brainstem function
  • Poor cerebral blood flow
  • Lack of proper drainage in the eustachian tubes (which increases pressure inside the vestibular system)

Are there any dietary changes that can help with vertigo?

Yes, dietary changes can play a role in managing vertigo. Increasing the intake of foods rich in vitamins C and E, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids can support inner ear health and overall balance. Reducing or eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and foods high in sugar can also be beneficial.

Can dehydration affect vertigo, and how much fluid should elderly patients consume?

Dehydration can worsen vertigo symptoms. Elderly patients should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, but this amount can vary based on individual health conditions and activity levels. Consulting with a healthcare provider for personalized advice is recommended.

How does upper cervical care complement other natural remedies for vertigo?

Upper cervical care can be an effective part of a holistic approach to managing vertigo. It can enhance the effectiveness of other natural remedies by improving overall body balance and neurological function. Patients are encouraged to discuss their complete treatment plan, including any natural remedies, with their Upper Cervical Chiropractor provider to ensure a coordinated approach to managing vertigo.

Upper Cervical Chiropractors use a very gentle procedure to realign these bones. Our process is gentle realignment that results in a significant reduction of dizziness and even long-term relief. Want to know more about the unique approach of Upper Cervical Chiropractors? We suggest booking your consultation with a vertigo chiropractor near you!

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