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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is a condition in which you feel as though you or objects around you are spinning 2. According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, dizziness -- one of the principle symptoms associated with BPPV -- affects approximately 30 percent of people over 65.4 years of age 1. Certain dietary changes may be beneficial in treating your BPPV, but you should always discuss the risks, benefits and limitations of these treatments with your primary care provider first.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Most cases of BPPV may be caused by the displacement of small calcium particles in your inner ear, notes the Family Doctor website. If these calcium particles enter one of your ear canals, they may interfere with normal nerve cell signaling, causing vertigo -- the sensation that everything around you is spinning. Other possible causes of this bothersome health problem include aging, inner ear viruses and head trauma. Dizziness, reduced balance and nausea are among the most commonly experienced BPPV-related symptoms.
In many cases, treatment of BPPV may require special exercises or surgery, although certain dietary inclusions and exclusions may be helpful in treating this condition. Certified nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," reports that ginger may be particularly helpful in treating your dizziness and nausea, and that magnesium-containing foods -- halibut, almonds, cashews, soybeans -- may also be helpful in relieving your dizziness 3. Consider avoiding foods rich in sodium as well as alcohol, caffeine and fried foods.
Ginger may be one of the most beneficial foods in treating your BPPV. According to Dr. Alan R. Gaby, a medical doctor and author of "The Natural Pharmacy," ginger has historically been used in treating many ailments, including vertigo, motion sickness, osteoarthritis, epilepsy, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness, atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis 4. The rhizome, or underground stem, of the ginger plant contains numerous active constituents and is the part of the plant used in treating these health problems.
BPPV is a health problem that requires the attention and care of a healthcare practitioner who specializes in auditory or inner ear problems. In most cases, a combination of conventional and alternative therapies may be appropriate in treating your BPPV. Avoid using diet and nutrition alone to help treat this condition. Not all dietary approaches historically used in treating this condition may be backed by extensive clinical research trials and may require further testing to validate their purported health effects.
- Vestibular Disorders Association: Statistics
- Family Doctor: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010
- "The Natural Pharmacy"; Alan R. Gaby, M.D.; 2006
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