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Top 3 Tips for Reducing Dizziness Naturally
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1. Vagal Breathing
Vagal Breathing is an activity that stimulates the Vagus nerve. Vagus by definition, means wandering, and this super nerve runs throughout the entire human body. It begins at the base of the brain (Atlas spinal segment region), branches down to the heart, lungs, and the digestive tract, with stops along the way at the larynx and the diaphragm, before descending into the abdomen. Parts of the vagus nerve enable the organs to adjust instantly to the demands of a person’s surroundings.
The vagus nerve is why your heart races and stomach curdles when you sense a threat and why your breathing slows and your body relaxes when friends welcome you to their house. The vagus nerve is the key player in the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which is the body’s master control system … the black box, the iOS, the mothership.
So, In certain situations, “resetting the vagus” via breathing can help calm symptoms, such as dizziness. There are different ways to breathe, some very complex, so we are just going to simplify it:
Sit up straight and close your mouth
Breathe IN through your NOSE
Bring that breath into your stomach, expanding the abdomen OUTWARD
Now, pull that abdomen back in, pushing that breath back UP and OUT the NOSE.
2. Staying WELL hydrated
This cannot be stressed enough! Chronic dehydration has many symptoms, and can effect your entire body. Specific to dizziness, lack of water volume in the blood can decrease blood pressure, even potentially limiting the quantity of oxygen to the brain, which can in turn create dizziness. Would you want to limit the amount of oxygen to YOUR brain?
Barring a heart condition, a good place to start would be ½ your body weight in ounces. We make that simple here at Keystone by giving each patient a water bottle, so they don't have to be meticulously measuring all day.
3. Ginger Root
Ginger root has been studied previously to help reduce vertigo, and specifically, nausea associated with vertigo. Our recommendation is a pure ginger root powder, from a reputable source. If the ingredients list has anything other than ginger root, look elsewhere. You can put the ginger root powder in water, tea, a smoothie, etc. Ginger root has also been shown to relieve symptoms of other conditions as well!
Lastly, it's strongly encouraged that those who have been suffering with vertigo and dizziness to seek help from a licensed, qualified, healthcare professional. Keep in mind that Tips and recommendations are just that, and that in no way are they a replacement for a formal diagnosis and/or treatment. We’re out there, folks, and have a lot to offer! Let us know if you have any questions. Have a great day!
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This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that we might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.