Friday, December 30, 2011

Home Remedies and Diet for Lightheadedness: Stop Dizziness Tips

In a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009, about 35.4% of American adults above the age of 40 years suffer from vestibular dysfunction, severe dizziness or giddiness and lightheadedness. The same report suggested that vertigo and giddiness attributed to more than number of accidental deaths among elderly due to falls or injuries. These symptoms also significantly affects the quality of life of elderly individuals. This article provides insights into factors contributing to dizziness or lightheadedness and simple home and natural remedies to treat the condition effectively and naturally.

Dizziness affects Elderly
What Causes Dizziness? 

This condition characterized by lightheadedness or a sensation of loss of balance and disorientation. The condition may be associated with symptoms like nausea, blurring of vision and a feeling of uneasiness. Often it is associated with a sensation of head rush and excessive perspiration and hyperventilation. Here are some common causes that are associated with dizziness,
  • Vertigo: This condition is often attributed to vestibular dysfunction which often results in the loss of control of balance with a sensation of falling. This is the most common cause of lightheadedness among the elderly age group.
  • Altered Blood Pressure: Hypertension or elevated blood pressure can result in giddiness. On the other hand drop in blood pressure below normal due to dehydration or other factors can also result in reduced blood supply to the brain and cause dizziness.
  • Inadequate nutrition, long standing fever or chronic ailment, vomiting and diarrhea can also result in episodes of giddiness and imbalance
  • Cardiovascular disorders like peripheral artery disease, heart attacks, angina, etc can also contribute to lightheadedness.
  • Panic attacks often associated with elevated levels of stress can result in episodes of giddiness and light headedness.
  • The condition when associated with nausea can be indicative of gastrointestinal disorders which include gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, food poisoning and even diabetes.
Home Remedies to treat Lightheadedness Naturally

Here are some simple tips and home remedy suggestions for management of light headedness and dizziness,
  • Ensure that you drink lots of water and fresh fruit juice. Often dehydration or sudden drop in blood pressure is one of the most common causes. Avoid soda drinks and caffeine as these can be dehydrating.
  • Coriander Seeds for
    Light headedness
  • Ginger is considered to be highly beneficial in treating lightheadedness associated with symptoms of nausea. Crush ginger roots and consume them fresh or boil them in a bowl of water and drink the decoction. Chamomile or peppermint is also good natural substitutes for ginger to manage light headedness.
  • Wheat germ is also found to be beneficial in the management of light headedness. Consuming about two teaspoons of wheat germ with a glass of warm milk can help ease dizziness and light headedness. It is highly beneficial during pregnancy.
  • Soak about five grams of coriander seeds in water overnight and consume the seeds along with a tablespoon of honey in the morning. Coriander seeds are bitter and honey helps sweeten it.
  • A mixture comprising of freshly squeezed lemon juice, black pepper and salt in a glass of water is also considered to be a good treatment for vertigo.
Foods to Treat Dizziness Naturally with Diet

For individuals with frequent episodes of dizziness, there are certain diet and food suggestions,
    Coconut Water to
    Treat Dizziness
  • Dizziness is linked with sudden drop in blood sugar levels and hence consuming foods like honey or fruit juices is considered to be highly beneficial. Consume coconut water and lime water to help retain normal blood sugar levels. However diabetic patients need to consult their doctors in cases of emergency.
  • Anemia is another cause for dizziness. Consume foods rich in iron, Vitamin B12 and folic acid. Increase intake of chicken and lean meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, soy, etc. These foods are loaded with iron and Vitamin B12.
  • Limit the consumption of alcohol and caffeine in your diet. Reduce the intake of salt and sweets, especially containing refined sugar.
  • Never skip a meal and eat small quantities of food frequently. Don’t stay hungry for more than four hours at a stretch.
Stop Dizziness Tips

Here are some simple tips to treat and prevent dizziness and attacks of light headedness,
  • Avoid sudden jerky movement. Avoid standing up or reclining suddenly. This can result in positional hypo-tension and affect the circulation of blood to the brain
  • Stress management plays a crucial role in the treatment of dizziness. Yoga and deep breathing exercises can be beneficial in the management of the condition.
  • In case of dizziness one must relax and take deep breaths. Press the ridge above the nose, between the two eyes for a couple of seconds with your thumb. This can provide instant relief from giddiness.
In case of frequent episodes of dizziness, consult your physician to identify the underlying cause for the condition and treat it promptly. 


  1. Dizziness in pregnancy is normal. On the other hand, when you get dizzy and lightheaded so often, you should consult a medical doctor. According to health experts, the dizziness occurs when the cardiovascular system and nervous system are not able to adjust to the changes your body is going through. When the blood is not able to circulate as fast as it should to your brain, you’ll feel lightheaded or feel like fainting.

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