"Dizziness refers to an impairment in spatial perception and stability. It is considered imprecise. It can be used to mean vertigo, presyncope, disequilibrium, or for a non-specific feeling such as giddiness or foolishness.
* Vertigo is a specific medical term used to describe the sensation of spinning or having one's surroundings spin about them. Many people find vertigo very disturbing and often report associated nausea and vomiting.
* Disequilibrium is the sensation of being off balance, and is most often characterized by frequent falls in a specific direction. This condition is not often associated with nausea or vomiting.
* Presyncope is lightheadedness, muscular weakness and feeling faint as opposed to a syncope, which is actually fainting.
* Non-specific dizziness is often psychiatric in origin. It is a diagnosis of exclusion and can sometimes be brought about by hyperventilation."
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04/27/2010: Faithinhealing from Forest Park, Ohio: "Dizziness Remedies...Coconut Water!
I've been dealing with dizziness for the past three weeks or so and I know that it is an electrolyte imbalance for me, although in others it could be dehydration! Trying to find the right ratio of minerals is tough. Since I have candida, I cannot do the typical sports drink or anything, although I heard of one that does not have sugar that the pharmacy recommends that starts with an E.
That said, what I use is coconut water which is the juice from raw coconut. It has the best balance of electrolytes so I always keep a cup in the refrigerator and an extra coconut as well.
If anyone has an excellent electrolyte replacement recipe please let me know!!!"
04/27/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Faithinhealing...I had candida and managed to get rid of it myself by alternative means three years ago. It took a full year to get rid of my candida and my major daily protocol consisted of faithfully taking Teds's alkalizing remedies 3 times a day -- usually Ted's lemon/lime with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda(Arm and Hammer brand) three times a day.
I also took at least two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day(in my coffee) to help with my constipation and candida problems. To help support my liver and kidneys from the candida fungal die-off or Herxhiemer affect, I also took my own decoction of herbs -- but milk thistle, dandylion or burdock are just as good for the job.
And now that my candida is gone I still take Ted's alkalizing remedies a few times a week, but I now also take my own formulated mineral water. This consists of one litre of water with:
1/4 tspn Natural Sea Salt
1/8 tspn Sodium Bicarbonate(Baking Soda)
1/4 tspn(1/8 tspn for women) of borax(20 Mule Team brand)
You can also add 3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide(food grade) to this mineral mix safely. Hydrogen peroxide is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti viral.
I drink this water throughout the day, usually lasts more than one day. This mix supplies most my mineral needs from the sea salt, the borax is one of the best fungal killers there is and is also good for hormone balance and bones and the baking soda is just for alkalinity and to supply bicarbonates to my body.
I also used to get episodes of racing heart and dizziness. For this I took Magnesium Gluconate supplement as well as started using an 8oz garden sprayer with one or two tablespoon of Epsom Salts(Magnesium Sulfate) mixed in and sprayed it all over my body after showers. Your body will absorb the magnesium transdermally.
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy
Magnesium Chloride crystals are about the best form of magnesium there is, but I can't get it here in the Philippines, so I use Epsom Salts instead. This successfully got rid of my dizziness/racing heart etc."
04/29/2010: Faithinhealing from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "Thanks Bill, I have that recipe and am going to try it. I have gallstones right now that I'm trying to dissolve so I was focusing on that right now. The dizziness is from the gallstones. I remember reading that you did not change your diet and was amazed by that! I know that my sodium levels are always off in comparison to my potassium levels so I'm wondering if that would help. Right now I'm doing another alkalziing drink that includes help so I'm hoping that will help with the sodium imbalance without the added salt.
Thanks though and I'll keep you posted!"
04/29/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Faithinhealing...The combination of the mineral water and magnesium should play a big part in balancing your sodium issues.
And it's quite true, I didn't change my eating habits much, but I eat virtually no bread(mainly rice), I only cook in virgin coconut oil now(I avoid veg oils like the plague because they are all heavily processed and oxidize more quickly than VCO) and I stick by the Asian principle of eating until I'm 70-80% full. I also drink lots of water now. Remember that I now live in the Philippines, where every third tree is a coconut tree...LOL, so its not expensive here. I eat very little store bought processed food as well -- buy most of my food from the local wet market.
I also forgot to mention that, during my own candida eradication protocol -- after a couple of months, I started to discharge small, hard pea-like things in my faeces. I then realized that these must be gallstones and something in my regimen had caused this to happen.
It's also well known that lemon juice and olive oil will cause gallstone discharge. But perhaps it was my combination of coconut oil, lemon/lime plus BS that caused my discharge of gallstones -- which continued for a couple of months and then suddenly stopped. The result of this was a nice surprise -- I lost weight and my stomach is now flat.
Thinking about it, I also took a herbal protocol to protect my kidneys and liver while taking my candida protocol. And one of the herbs I used -- Chanca Piedra -- is well know for removing both kidney stones and gallstones from the body. So this might have also played a part in my own gallstone discharge."
[YEA] 11/01/2011: Zeninfinity from Santa Rosa, Ca, Usa: "This is not a vertigo cure, but a possible way to help you cope when a vertigo episode happens.
I have been having all sorts of weird stuff happening with my ears in the last few weeks. I am 46, an audio engineer and had my first incident with vertigo 2 weeks ago and then another last week. I think I have "glue ear" which I am not sure is the same as an ear infection. Sorry I digress.
Anyway, just thought I would pass this on. The Epley Maneuver is a great way to deal with a vertigo episode. I had a mild attack last week, did the Epley Maneuver and the room rocking back and forth stopped!
Here's a youtube video of this simple movement. I hope it works for you!
[YEA] 02/05/2012: Healthhelper from Peuget Sound, Washington: "Dizziness, Vertigo
This problem originates in the inner ear and can quite easily be corrected with a very simple exercise called "Epley's Maneauver". This exercise was demonstrated to me when I went to a doctor for dizziness. YouTube shows how to do the exercise as well as showing exactly what and where in the inner ear this equilibrium is controlled. Anyone can easily do the exercise; it's very simple, and it works!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/06/2010: Snoochi from Hartford, Connecticut, Usa: "Possible fix for dizziness
Ginger may be helping...I have been drinking a ginger drink I feel is helping. Someone actually described almost exactly what I do. I take about a tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger root in two cups of water that I let steep. Sometimes I put some clove, cinnamon, and honey in too. I call it my ginger tea. I also eat the ginger as well.
I have been doing some neck stretches and muscle massage to the SCM muscle over the last month as well which I feel might be beneficial."
[YEA] 10/22/2011: Gokhals from Larkspur, California: "Spinach and fruit smoothie. For nearly two months on and off, I was getting extreme attacks of dizziness, head spinning, tightness in neck. Once at night, I think I moved my head slightly, and the head spinning started. Its was terrible. I thought I had low blood pressure issues - as at an earlier doctors appointment, my doctor had told me that my bp was on the low side. I went out and bought a blood pressure monitor. My bp was consistently in the 100/70 range. Thinking it was this lowish bp that was the problem, I started drinking salt water. It helped a little bit. The intensity of the dizziness attacks waned, but I still felt moderately dizzy from time to time during the day.
One day, my kids made me drink a spinach/fruit smoothie. My dizziness, 'head spinning' went away, simply vanished, never to return. My conclusion is, this is a diet related disease, maybe an infection got cleared by the nutrients in the smoothie, maybe my body need certain minerals in the fruits and spinach. I drink spinach/fruit smoothies regularly now. If this helps others with meniere's disease, vertigo, dizziness etc. Please do let me know. It worked like magic. I am still baffled by the science behind it. But it works!!"Replies
12/08/2011: Lanlee from Houston, Tx replies: "Hello:
I read your blog on Green Smoothies. I wanted to know what fruits and how much Spinach leaves???"
02/20/2013: Gokhals from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "The SmartSmoothie: As compared with supplements and store bought health drinks, or potable cleanses, you are nutritionally many times better off drinking the following five (5) ingredient fresh smoothie with organic produce several times a month:
2 cups green stuff (spinach, watercress, kale other dark leafy greens
1/4 -1/2 cup fermented stuff - such as Beet Kvass, Sauerkraut, Yogurt, Kefir - anything with bugs, enzymes and organic acids
1-2 cups of fruits (any)
1/4 to 1/2 a cup of fats (avocado, coconut oil, heavy un-homogenized cream, coconut cream, shredded coconut, soaked nuts that have a high mono unsaturated fatty acid profile such as macadamia. It's important to vary the fatty acids.
Cilantro/parsley is a must in every smoothie, even two leaves is better than none (it's a potent detoxifier)
What you get: You get huge amounts of friendly bacteria, minerals, enzymes, fat and water soluble vitamins (also ability to synthesize B12 via bacteria), organic acids (that detoxify) and phyto-chemicals in the above concoction.
The science goes like this: You cannot digest minerals (or proteins) without fat soluble vitamins to function as your mineral carriers. And fat soluble vitamins are carried only in raw fats such as avocados, coconut oil, minimally processed heavy cream etc. Thus in order for your body to actually absorb the minerals you ingest, every single smoothie MUST contain a source of good fats. Above combination will fix stomach problems, give your body the substrates it needs to detoxify pollutants, clear up your skin, fix your liver, give you energy and mental clarity, keep you from getting dizzy, prevent cancer, blood pressure problems, heart problems down the road - while forcing you to eat greens daily in a way that is super pleasant (addictive). If you have low BP and are dizzy try this smoothie before you try medication.
If you are hypothyroid, add seaweed to every smoothie. Fading memory? Add a couple of raw egg yolks. Heart trouble? Increase the high quality saturated fats. The heart muscle preferentially metabolizes fats. Brain fog? Ditto. Your brain is 70% fat and could use some more.
Dr. Terry Wahls (google her) reduced her crippling multiple sclerosis with supplements, but CURED it with SmartSmoothies. Food has the complex molecules you need to assimilate the 'special molecules' you really need. Supplements do not have this, thus vitamin C in a pill is only marginally as effective as an orange. Further, bottled juices have largely lost their nutritional value by the time they get to you. There is also the very real danger of salmonella and other contamination when vegetable matter is mashed in factories instead of at your home. In order to get rid of the bad bacteria, these beverages are frequently flash pasteurized. And pasteurization kills all enzymes and factors you need to actually digest the nutritive elements in the smoothie. Thus what you frequently get is sterile juice at best and unhealthy juice at worst.
You get all that and more, by drinking a SmartSmoothie. Spend your shopping dollars on organic kale for maximum bang for your buck. Make sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt at home (it's a snap, it's cheap and its digestive effect is magical), stock fruits (fresh or frozen), invest in good fats for an easy smoothie."
08/23/2012: Laine from Santa Clarita, Ca, Usa: "My husband is in his early 70s. He is very fit - cycles 10-12 miles daily. Since 4/12 he has been complaining that he feels disoriented, woozy, fatigued and he is stumbling a bit due to recent poor balance. Blood tests and EKG are normal. His blood pressure is about 112/68, no cholesterol issues. He has taken ACV twice daily for a couple of years and it solved his problems with seasonal allergies.
He had a thyroid problem many years ago (Hashimoto's), but the Dr. said his thyroid was normal. Does anyone have any ideas as to a cause of these problems?
EC is such a great site and I am grateful to all, especially Ted, who have shared so much knowledge. Many thanks."Replies
08/23/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - USA replies: "Hi Laine, I would make sure your husband is checked out by a good ENT (ears, nose, throat) doctor. A lot of times equillibrium and dizziness is an inner ear thing. Good luck!"
08/23/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Laine, have you tried magnesium?"
08/23/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Laine - I'm sure others will respond, but is it possible your husband is severely dehyrdated? Cycling 10-12 miles a day in summer is quite a feat!
There's an interesting Web site called the Water Cure. You divide your weight in two and that's the number of ounces of water you drink per day. You also add 1/4 teaspoon natural sea salt to each liter you drink. Evidently the salt assists the water getting into the cells (otherwise you excrete most of it right away).
Another thing that might help is getting enough healthy fats in his diet (coconut oil, omega 3s, etc.).
Hope you find the right answer - best of health to you both. Cheers, Bess"
08/23/2012: Anne from Jacksonville, Ar replies: "Did your physician check him out for veritgo? Has he had any nausea? Do the symptoms abate when he lies still? Can be caused by dehydration and also a virus. Hope he feels better very soon."
11/10/2011: Brobertson from Tomball, Tx, United Stated: "Need some help with ongoing dizziness and inner ear infection. Been going on for about three weeks now. Just finishing up some antibiotics from the dear Dr. , but they appear to have had no impact. I really didn't want to take the antibiotics for obvious reasons, but anyway, I did. What can I take to help get rid of the dizziness specifically, and secondary the ear infection?
BTW, tried the whole 'tilt the head this way and that' several times to no avail."Replies
11/10/2011: Candy from Fort Madison, Iowa replies: "Colloidal silver worked for me. Just take one teaspoon a day and it should clear up in a couple days. think I saw it here. C"
11/11/2011: Debby from Monroe, Ct replies: "Just a warning on "Colloidal silver" if taken for too long it will change your skin color to a blue-grey color and it will be permenent. Be careful."
11/11/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Brobertson, I have been having good luck lately gargeling Colloidal Silver for my gums, ears, eyes infection. But I wouldn't advise not using C.S. orally also. I also use a Zapper to help with infections. If you don't happen to have a zapper on hand, try using a 9v olt battery. Before I purchased a zapper, I was very desperate for relief from infections so I placed the 9volt battery on my tongue for zapp. I did this for several minutes, moving the battery and tollerating the sting as much as possible. Waited a few minutes and repeated. An hr or two latter I experienced the worst herx ever with pancrease being mostly affected. Vit-C, coffee enemas, and some fibre cleared the die-off.
Also, Zinc lozenges could proove as effective as anything. Vit-C (Ester w/ bioflavinoids) is a must for immunity & detox.
Hope this helps."
06/29/2011: Meg from Hamilton, , Canada: "Hi everyone,
I'm looking for a remedy to cure/help my husband's dizziness. It feels like a 'head rush', or like when you get up too quickly, but it happens to him at all different times of day, if he turns his head too far, or tilts it up, etc. Often he also feels nauseous as well, and it is sometimes accompanied by a headache too. This been going on for 3-4 years. He has been to the doctor, had an MIR etc, and they can't find anything the matter.
Btw, he's 27, regular weight, and eats well. (No artificial sweetners, junk food etc.) Any help would be great! Thanks!"Replies
06/29/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Meg, the dizziness symptom jolted my brain a bit. Someone posted this excellent ebook the other day on this site about spirulina and chlorella. It does mention dizziness. May be worth trying... They are excellent for health anyway.
It is an excellent read (about 39 pages but worth it).
From an excerpt (page 14):
"Both chlorella and spirulina have been shown to be quite effective for people suffering from anemia (blood deficiencies), poor spleen function, weak digestive absorption, and other similar "lack of vitality" disorders.
If you or someone you know is anemic, has low blood pressure, suffers from dizziness, or shows obvious signs of lack of vitality (such as having infrequent bowel movements), then chlorella is something that I strongly recommend be considered. Over time, most people find that chlorella builds vitality, improves digestion, enhances energy, improves mental clarity, and basically helps people regain their youthful energy and start rebuilding the strength of organs and tissues".
06/29/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Meg -
Has he ever had a diagnosis of meniere's disease? I suppose you have already read up on it, but if not, you might want to google it on the web....that is what it sounds like to me, anyway (I am not a doctor, just know someone who has had meniere's disease). Good luck - that would be such a miserable thing to have for so long. I hope your husband is better soon."
06/29/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Meg... It might be that that your husband has an inner ear problem affecting balance. It could be that he has a form of Meniere's disease or Vertigo. In any case, here is Ted's remedy, which applies to both of these problems:
This is the simplest possible cure for this condition. You should see a dramatic reduction in tinnitus, dizziness, vomiting in a matter of days. The cause is a virus, likely to be a herpes viruses. The condition attacks the area and when you first have it, you know when it started. The remedy to get most of the viruses killed is to take 1000 mg of vitamin C, followed in 55 minute, by a doses of1200 mg of lysine for a total of 6 doses on the first day. On the second day its 1200 mg of lysine at 55 minute dose interval for a total of 4 doses. The third and fourth day is the same. To make sure it's completely gone, you try to take at least 1200 mg of lysine dose twice a day for the next 30 days, or longer. The point is, the very first week usually 90% is gone. The lysine is kept up at a fairly high level. For the tougher cases, a 500 mg aspirin can be added along with the vitamin C, before starting on the daily doses of lysine. That means vitamin C 1000 mg plus 500 mg aspirin, before starting the 6 doses of lysine on first day, 4 doses on second day, 4 doses on the third day, 4 doses on the fourth day. It's a four day remedy that usually kills most of the herpes out of the system. If it isn't out, the attacks will be far and between, instead of getting more frequent attacks with each coming year, until it becomes very debilitating. I managed to see a couple of cures, from this Meniere's disease. If there are tougher ones, there is alpha lipoic acid, zinc and alkalization to deal with it, as well as lemon bioflavonoid, piracetam, and the like. But it's likely to be lysine, vitamin C and aspirin in that order. I am presently investigating alpha lipoic acid in such use, but since herpes always goes away before I get a chance to start the new test treatment, I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
After the above one month treatment, I think a daily maintenance dose of just 1200 mg lysine should prevent most future attacks. If not increasing the dose to just twice a day should be sufficient.
In the past I also had heart arrythmia as well as strange dizziness, but not as serious as your husband's condition I think. I cured this problem -- now four years gone -- by supplementing 250 mg Magnesium Chloride (or Mag Citrate or Mag Gluconate) twice a day as well as taking 5% Lugol's Iodine solution -- about two drops daily -- every day. If you cannot get the Lugols Iodine then just use high dose kelp instead. And I still take Magnesium and Lugol's Iodine now, since these nutirents, which are both extremely important for our body's metabolism, are so sadly lacking in all western diets."
[QUESTION] 07/14/2010: Patrice53 from Modesto, Ca, Usa: "Tremors, dizziness, brain infection... Any help for my Aunt, she has been told that all of this has been caused by a Brain infection? No help! The doctors just want to remove her brain! ! And these are really intellient people! Do you have any suggestions for me to help relieve some of her dizziness, tremors stc! Would appreciate any and all suggestions! Patrice"Replies
07/25/2010: Abid from Islamabad, Pakistan replies: "Plz tell complete details. This is a sensitive issue. Did she ever get some injury? Any tumour in brain? Any paralysis? If she is feeling paralysis then on which side, rt or lft side. For the time being get Arnica 1 M ( homeopathic remedy). In one litre bottle add two glass of water and 5 drops of Arnica 1M. Shake it hard for about 100 times. Now medicine is ready. How to Give? Just shake hard 15 times one give one tablespoon of wtaer from this bottle thrice a day for one week. Each time u have to shake it hard 15 times. Report back after one week with all the questions I have asked."
[QUESTION] 10/19/2009: Kay from Santa Monica, California, USA: "I was wondering if someone can help me. I looked on this site for dizziness, but I did see not an ailment listed for it. Recently I signed up at the gym and have been working on a few machines to make my legs stronger. The leg press machine, sorry don't know the exact name, is the one causing the issue. It's where you put both legs on the board and stretch them out slowly. I am pressing about 90 pounds to start, not a big strain for me. The problem is that when I have finished and get up from the machine, I am very light headed and dizzy. The weird thing is that the dizziness doesn't go away for about half an hour. Could this be a heart issue, a neck issue, or maybe that I am depleted in a mineral? I do eat before I go and work out and I take a multi liquid vitamin supplement every day. Thank you very much for any help or insight!"Replies
10/20/2009: Rin from London, Uk replies: "Kay are you drinking water during your time at the gym? This could be your problem if not. Also, you should try to breath out on the effort. In other words as you press your legs forward breath out through the mouth."
10/21/2009: Kay from Santa Monica, California, Usa replies: "Hi Rin. Thank you so much for responding to my questions. I went to the gym last night and did as you suggested (water and breathing) and it definitely helped. Another thing I realized is that I started the leg press with my knees very close to my chest, so that was additional strain, perhaps too much strain. I put the seat back so I wouldn't have to extend so far and I think this helped. I also waited about 20 seconds to get from the machine. I guess I had vertigo, but it was strange that it lasted half an hour. Thank you again for your helpful advice. Kay"
10/21/2009: Rin from London, Uk replies: "You're very welcome Kay. One thing I forgot to mention in my previous message was.. you said you eat before you train? make sure you food has gone down properly before you start to train. My next suggestion (had you replied that you are breathing right and drinking) would have been your seat position and form. Just to check..
Set the seat so that the knees are bent just over right angles.
Position feet about shoulder width apart
Try to push through your heels, keeping the knees lined up over the toes
Extend the legs until nearly straight, avoiding locking the knees
Lower the weight slowly back towards the starting position
Sit there for a moment before slowing getting up without lowering your head.
Sip fluids throughout your training session and have some form of carbs within an hour after training to replace the muscle fuel (glycogen)you have used. Ignore the guys you see drinking pints of protein shakes after a workout, your body needs carbs straight after not protein ;)
Good luck Kay
10/23/2009: Kay from Santa Monica, California, USA replies: "Hi Rin, thank you for responding to my second post! I am following your guidelines carefully. I think your initial suggestion to drink water was the key. I had done the treadmill for one hour before doing the leg press the day I got terribly dizzy and did not drink water before, during or after. I never thought that dehydration could have caused dizziness! Thank you again for solving this mystery for me. You are appreciated!"
10/23/2009: Rin from London, Uk replies: "Youre very welcome Kay. Its nice for me to be able to help someone on here after all the help I have received. Earth Clinic Rocks!"
10/26/2009: Tomatolady from Denver, Co replies: "If I were you, I'd ask my doctor to order an ultrasound test of my carotid arteries in my neck. If your carotid arteries are partially blocked, not enough blood is getting to your brain and maybe your exercises are bringing on the symptoms that you describe. Just my opinion."
04/16/2010: Ga_bass from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "If you are experiencing dizziness please look at the section on EC regarding artificial sweetners. If you are eating or consuming coffee , gum, diet drinks, and low calorie foods you are overdosing on the artificial sweetners. Once I cut those items out of my diet the dizzines went away. I have been dizzy free for 3 years."
10/10/2010: Kathy from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Usa: "I have been doing yoga for the last 9 years, when I turned 50 yrs. old I had to stop doing the 2 minute head stand because it would give me vertigo. I had 3 bouts of severe vertigo until I made the connection when the last bout started immediately after I came down from the head stand. I stopped doing the position and still 3 yrs. Later I haven't had a vertigo episode since. I hope this is of some help to others."