GOT VERTIGO? How to get rid of it
Oh man, oh man…you know that terrible feeling of being dizzy and it’s not coming from spinning around and around (or drinking a little too much). Your symptom may be caused by vertigo. My mom suffers from it, making her lie on the couch with her hands holding her head, trying to stop the room from spinning.
What is Vertigo?
Simply put, your inner ear doesn’t play nice (it fails to communicate) with the rest of your body. In our ear we have calcium particles and when they get stuck together in the lower ear, bam! it throws off our balance. Some may think of it as a disorder or even a medical condition, but reality is it is a cluster of many issues (or disorders) that has caused vertigo.
Vertigo can be mild, and some cases, debilitating. People who suffer from vertigo say they have feelings like they are:
- Feeling nauseated
- Ringing in ears
These symptoms are just a few and could last a few minutes to hours, or come and go for days.
Help treat vertigo please without medications
Sometimes vertigo goes away on its own. The calcium particles become ‘unstuck’ with one another and float back to normal.
AVOID or limit
- Alcohol – your body views alcohol as too much toxins and it takes your body much work to get it out of your body. Furthermore, it affects balance
- Caffeine – that is a stimulant for your body and it gives your insides too much “hype” for our central nervous
- Sugar – it imbalances your immune system, imbalances our hormones
- Artificial sugars – just down right toxic to the body (kick the pink and blue packets)
ADD in your consumption
- Fruits and vegetables – fresher the better.
- Omega 3 fats – fish like sardines, salmon or seeds like flax, chia or even nuts like walnuts
- Reduce sodium – table salt. We need sodium in our bodies, but watch out with the table salt
- B6 – not just for metabolism, but real good for balance. Foods like nuts and seeds, darker poultry, small amounts of red meat
- Ginger – one of my favorites. Not only an anti-inflammatory, but in warms you. It provides you energy, good for digestion, and great for circulation
- Cayenne – love this in my homemade hot cocoa. It not only boots your metabolism, it’s great for circulation
- Turmeric – another wonderful anti-inflammatory. It’s great for the brain, heart and balancing your body
Essential Oils (topically)
- Lavender – great for balance and finding your center
- Frankincense – one of my favorites. So many properties from aiding in healing, radiant skin, to balancing and harmonizing
- Peppermint – great for invigorating the brain; brings clarity
- Ginger – I’m a ginger junkie. I love ginger anything! Warms you, helps digestion, and great for circulation
- Ylang Ylang – you may have heard yogis use this. Great for balancing and peace and centering oneself
If you’re on a budget or cannot get to a chiropractor or acupuncturist, try this awesome few minute exercise (below). It does work! I had an ear issue and one day I felt the world was spinning a bit too fast and I was beginning to feel dizzy. Yet, I was just sitting on the couch. I remembered this exercise and tried it. Boy it did work. I cannot say it will work for every single person, but it was a Godsend for me. Watching a little television, this caught my attention and I thought of my mom and her vertigo. And so I checked it out further online. I thought I’d never use it, but boy was I glad I had seen that news clip.
Take the few minutes and see if it can be your saving grace. It is an exercise created by Carol Foster, MD.
Go for walks outdoors, take yoga, exercise, meditate, take warm baths and use essential oils, and keep hydrated. Any of these just mentioned can reduce stress and not just help the vertigo, but your health in general.
Always remember to talk to your Doctor
Head spinning and dizziness may not be just vertigo. It can be underlining something else. It’s a good idea to consult with your Physician and relay your symptoms before assuming it is vertigo.
Let’s sum it all up
First, when you are feeling dizzy, sit and get in a safe place
- Eat healthy, nutritional foods
- Add supplements such as herbs
- Implement essential oils topically or inhaling them
- Take on a Holistic approach and use the head tilting technique
- Reduce stress and keep hydrated
- Always consult with your Physician