Foods That Trigger Vertigo

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 1. 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.

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Fatty Foods

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

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

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 1. Alcohol disturbs your ability to balance yourself, which can bring on vertigo.