What to eat and not to eat if you suffer from dizziness

Last update on Nov, 29, 2023

If you suffer from dizziness, eating well plays a significant role in managing and lessening dizziness. Some foods can help, while others can worsen the situation, as they can have a direct impact on the inner ear and the vestibular system, which regulates your balance.

What foods should I avoid if I suffer from dizziness?

Let's start with foods you should avoid if you're suffering from dizziness.

  • Stay away from processed and ultra-processed foods. Often found in cans, these foods are usually loaded with salt. Salt can directly affect your inner ear by influencing the fluid it contains, which is crucial for the vestibular system and your sense of balance.
  • Don't overdo it with bananas. These fruits have a lot of tryptophan, which in large amounts can trigger dizziness.
  • Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake. These beverages act as diuretics, increasing your body's fluid levels in this case.

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What to eat with dizziness

When you're suffering from dizziness, avoiding certain foods and drinks is just as important as the consumption of others that can help prevent or manage dizziness symptoms.

Here are a few things you should consider including in your diet: 

  • Fatty fish, shellfish, liver, avocado, or egg yolk. These foods are packed with vitamin D, which has been found to be vital in warding off dizziness. Some studies suggest that individuals with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to experience the most common type of dizziness, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  • Nuts, legumes, and spinach; they're rich in magnesium, which supports your hearing health.
  • Fruits like lemons and blueberries, which are high in vitamin C.
  • Water to stay well-hydrated.
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Avoiding stress as a cure for dizziness

A healthy diet helps combat the effects of dizziness. However, it's equally important to adopt other healthy habits to prevent potential bouts of unsteadiness. The two simplest pieces of advice are staying active, through excercise, and minimizing stress. 

The causes of stress-induced dizziness can be rooted in our daily surroundings. If you're feeling uncomfortable at work, for example, it could increase your risk of experiencing such problems. Excessive demands can have a negative impact, as can ongoing conflicts with colleagues or superiors.

The physical environment where you spend your time also plays a crucial role. Consistently being in a poorly lit or overly bright room, especially at night, can contribute to stress and dizziness.

Other treatments of dizziness

When you're dealing with dizziness and instability, it's best to consult a medical professional. They may be able to prescribe medications to combat infections that can cause labyrinthitis, aiming to reduce inflammation and fluid pressure in the inner ear.

As mentioned before, changing to your diet (to lower your salt intake) and managing stress and anxiety can be beneficial. Not to mention, your postural habits also play a significant role; try to avoid sudden head movements.


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