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Foods That Trigger Vertigo

By Nicky LaMarco ; Updated July 27, 2017

Vertigo can be a confusing, overwhelming, and difficult medical condition to deal with. Vertigo occurs when there is a problem with the balance- and position-sensing brain signals. Vision, sensory nerves, skin pressure, and especially the inner ear play a part in causing vertigo. Vertigo symptoms include dizziness, a sensation of spinning, the perception that objects around you are spinning or moving, a feeling of being pulled to the floor or the other side of the room, a general imbalance, feeling lightheaded, nausea, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and ear pressure. Certain foods can trigger vertigo by interrupting the balance of fluids in the inner ear and in the body, and should be avoided if you suffer from it.

Fatty Foods

Fried foods, (especially deep-fried foods), ice cream, cheese, shortening, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, butter, and meats should be avoided for a healthy diet to begin with, but especially if you suffer from vertigo, as they are high in fat. Fatty foods can trigger vertigo by temporarily raising your blood pressure. High blood pressure (whether temporary or permanent) causes vertigo's main symptom: dizziness.

Sugary Foods

Foods high in sugar, such as ice cream, honey, chocolate, dates, maple syrup, cream, jams and jellies, juice, cookies, cakes, donuts, candy, and snack foods, should be avoided. Sugars raise blood pressure and blood sugar temporarily, which can trigger vertigo. When your blood sugar is high, the blood takes longer to get to the brain.

Salty Foods

Salty foods, such as pretzels, chips, salted nuts, deli meats, canned foods and soups, soy sauce, Asian foods, Mexican foods, pastas, sauces, gravies, condiments, baking soda, baking powder, pizza, seasonings, pickles, frozen meals, cheese, and salad dressings, can trigger vertigo. The sodium creates an imbalance in the body's fluids, especially in the inner ear, which can trigger vertigo.


Alcohol can trigger vertigo because of the dizziness it causes, and because it is absorbed in the inner ear, which is responsible for producing balance. Alcohol disturbs your ability to balance yourself, which can bring on vertigo.

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