Natural Ways To Keep The Fun Flowing
“Dad, are you still taking me to the carnival this weekend so we can ride the ferris wheel together?!”
“Hey, let’s walk down to the park and see who can go higher on the swings!”
“Mom, you promised we could go to Disneyworld!”
It can pose a challenge to be spontaneous and playful, plan a simple outing, or book a special vacation, only to find yourself not being able to participate – or worse, having to cancel altogether due to a rotating reality.
Imagine the world spinning . . . and all you did was get out of bed and head to the kitchen to make yourself a bowl of oatmeal. Imagine the queasy sensation of being on a roller coaster while you’re on the highway driving to work. And if you think that’s alarming, imagine a debilitating “demon” creeping its way into your headspace while you’re holding a fragile newborn or attempting to care for a child in need!
People who suffer with vertigo often feel like they have to function in a constant state of caution, not able to enjoy their day-to-day experiences with a carefree zest or confident pep in their step. They never know when they’ll be struck by a dizzy spell and this can cause them to go through life with overwhelming trepidation.
The inner ear is a critical part of our system’s balance and when it doesn’t receive enough blood flow, our primary command center (the brain) triggers warning signals via impaired vision, dizziness and vomiting. The condition known as vertigo is quite serious and can be a sign of poor circulation, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, and even hardened arteries.
So how can you enjoy a productive, action-packed lifestyle with minimal episodes of vertigo? How can you play with your kids, travel, and dance under the pale moonlight . . . without a looming fright of falling over?
Check out these natural ways to prevent or soothe vertigo symptoms (that REALLY work!)
- Incorporate a variation of ginger, B6 vitamins, peppermint, Butcher’s broom, fenugreek, and / or coriander seeds into your daily routine.
- Do notconsume salt, nicotine and caffeine, or spicy and acidic foods.
- Keep your body hydrated by drinking a lot of water every day!
- Place nutmeg under your tongue or drink chamomile tea to quickly tame nausea.
- Get plenty of sleep each night! (This is not generic advice. Fatigue can be a contributing factor to vertigo. The depth, length and quality of your slumber matter greatly.)
- Acupressure bands.
- Acupuncture sessions.
- Stabilize your body’s nervous system and energy fields by spending as much time in nature as you possibly can. Place your bare feet on the grass and breathe slowly. Take walks on the beach, allowing
- the healing sands to ground your system.
- For specific cases, try these relieving homeopathic remedies:
○ Iodine ~ for chronic congestive vertigo
○ Bryonia ~ for gastric vertigo along with nausea
○ Ambra Grisea ~ for vertigo related to nervousness
○ Ferrum Metallicum ~ for those who have vertigo and anemia
- Most of all, understand the very real dangers of chronic stress. Anxiety and emotional turbulence can put your health at risk of vertigo. The more peace
& tranquility you feel within, the less you will experience vertigo. To help you achieve lasting balance and well being, meditate and practice yoga.
*Remember: If for any reason you find yourself frequently unable to feel still and steady, be sure to visit an ENT (ear, nose & throat) specialist. Otolaryngologists like Dr. Paul Young of Buffalo, New York know that your immediate goal is homeostasis. However, they also understand how imperative it is that you’re able to be a vibrantly active member of your family, community and society.
May these tips and remedies allow you to be wholeheartedly present with your loved ones, and enjoy life to the fullest!