Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a condition in which the sufferer feels as if the world moves around him like a merry-go-round. These episodes can occur in short periods usually associated with when a person changes position such as standing up or quickly turning heads. One reason for this type of vertigo is a fluid imbalance. Therefore a doctor can recommend a regimen designed to maintain fluid balance
Drinking an adequate amount of fluids during the day is important to maintain constant balance. You should aim to drink 8 to 10 August-oz. glasses of fluid every day. If you exercise regularly anticipate fluid loss by drinking 8 oz. of water before during and after your exercise program.
Certain liquids can have an effect on vertigo like caffeine. These stimulants can affect the inner ear (which helps to maintain balance) and can also dry the body because of its diuretic properties. Alcohol may also have dehydrating effects on the body and can change the amount and composition of the fluid in the inner ear which means alcohol should be used only in small amounts such as one to two drinks per day.
Foods to Avoid
Foods high in sodium such as lunch meats canned soups frozen foods and other processed foods have a high sodium content and can therefore be dehydrating according to the Mayo Clinic. If you are curious about how much sodium intake is appropriate for you consult with a nutritionist or doctor to find an appropriate level.
You should also avoid foods known to trigger migraines as these contain high levels of tyramine which can cause dizziness. These foods and beverages containing wine chicken livers smoked meat chocolate citrus fruits Brie cheddar cheese and nuts.
Foods to choose
Instead of foods high in sugar choose those high in complex sugars such as whole-grain breads and legumes. In addition you should try the following to reduce salt intake during cooking by replacing salt-free seasoning or low-sodium vinegar lemon juice or herbs. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned whenever possible avoid processed foods or choose those with less than 35 mg sodium per serving. Opt for reduced salt or reduced sodium versions of products you like whenever possible. As a general rule consume 2 000 mg or less of sodium per day according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.