Dizziness, light-headedness and nausea are very common and I see it all the time in practice when working with clients.
Majority of people think these symptoms are normal but the truth is that they aren’t. There is always a reason why.
COMMON CAUSES FOR DIZZINESS, LIGHT-HEADEDNESS AND NAUSEA:
A lack of fluid during the day can cause blood pressure to drop which means that the brain will not get enough oxygen, causing symptoms such as dizziness.
A lack of minerals, especially sodium and calcium, can lead to a lot of these symptoms as well. This is why I always recommend adding a little pinch of Himalayan salt to your glass of water in the morning and this is particularly important for those with postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) or low blood pressure.
Another tip as well is adding that pinch of Himalayan salt to your gym bottle because it is very common for our blood pressure to drop after a workout.
Low blood sugar
If your blood sugar levels drop too low, you can get dizziness or feel light-headed upon standing.
This is very common with people that have blood sugar dysregulation.
For example, let’s say that you eat a meal with too many processed carbs or are too stressed or had a very hard work out. Your blood sugar will spike and so the pancreas will produce more insulin. If the body is not working properly, you might produce too much insulin so all of the sugar from the bloodstream will be removed and blood sugar therefore drops too. This is when you start feeling “hangry” and irritable.
You’ll eat more carbs because the body is craving the sugar and so it spikes up again.
This is why we need to be careful about taking it too far with intermittent fasting because remember, this is also a stressor to the body…
Poor blood flow
Chronic inflammation, clogged arteries and poor posture will not allow for good circulation to your brain.
Anaemics often have low iron as well as low in B vitamins and vitamin C.
Iron deficiency may result in insufficient blood flow to the brain and manifest as light-headedness.
However, remember that iron creates a lot of oxidation and this is why I’m not a big proponent of supplementing with iron (especially the iron infusions) unless it is a good quality plant-based iron supplement coming from foods.
A lot of people get stuck in the “fight or flight” mode due to stress or anxiety because it causes vasoconstriction in certain areas of the body (while others get vasodilation), which leads to a lack of blood flow.
This is when deep breathing exercises come into play!
It could be either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
The former speeds up your metabolism and so may cause symptoms of light-headedness.
The latter one however, can lead to low blood pressure and a decreased heart rate leading to light-headedness and dizziness.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Trying to figure out by yourself which one is your cause can often take a very long time.
Speed up the process by working with a certified integrative health practitioner that can guide you through it step-by-step.
Healing is not as difficult as it seems. It is a straightforward process as long as you work with the right person.
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