A healthy diet plays a role in treating the different underlying conditions that induce vertigo. Along with adding nutritious foods to your diet, you must take out the ones that are unhealthy, such as foods high in trans fat, sugar and bad cholesterol. If you continue to consume these foods, it may hamper your treatment of vertigo.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Inflammation-Related Vertigo
At the heart of several conditions that cause vertigo (labyrinthitis, acoustic neuroma and multiple sclerosis) is inflammation.
To combat it, you must rely on organic, whole foods that provide all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs, along with essential fats and antioxidants that can cleanse your body of toxins. Make sure you add these foods to your diet:
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 is a type of healthy fat that is known to help with inflammation, improve your cardiovascular health and regulate your cholesterol levels. Fish is abundant in omega-3, but certain vegetables and nuts have generous amounts of this healthy fat as well.
If you're going to choose fish, one of the best sources is wild-caught Alaskan salmon, but sardines and anchovies are viable alternatives.
Remember that when purchasing fish, always go for organic sources because commercially raised fish contains pollutants that may harm your health further. If you cannot get omega-3s from fish, however, consider taking a krill oil supplement.
• Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms contain a special antioxidant called ergothioneine that is known as a "cytoprotectant," or a cell protector. It concentrates on important body parts that receive a lot of oxidative stress, such as your liver and your eyes.
The amazing thing about ergothioneine is that it can also benefit your mitochondria, the power source of your cells.1
• Green tea
Green tea contains various antioxidants and nutrients that can help combat inflammation. Japanese matcha tea in particular, contains 17 times more antioxidants than wild blueberries and seven times more than raw dark chocolate, both of which are already potent anti-inflammatory foods in their own right.
Green tea is also rich in vitamins A and C, fiber and iron. A study released by the British Journal of Pharmacology observed that green tea can help fight against viruses such as influenza and hepatitis, and even fungi such as Candida albicans.2
• Fermented Foods
The majority of inflammatory diseases actually start in your gut, so it's important to nourish it with probiotics. Fermented foods such as kefir, natto, sauerkraut and yogurt can be incorporated into your diet to nourish your microbiome. They can also help with cleaning your body of toxins like heavy metals and pesticides that may promote inflammation.
Other Dietary Practices You Can Follow to Aid in Your Treatment
You may need to adopt specific changes to directly address vertigo and other ailments. These include:
• Limiting your salt intake: A diet high in salt may increase your chances of developing vertigo, especially if you have Meniere's disease. It's recommended that you limit your salt intake to 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams (spread out evenly) per day.3
• Keeping yourself hydrated: Always remember to drink enough water to keep your inner ear properly hydrated, which can help the inflammation subside faster.4
• Increasing your fiber consumption: In a study published in the International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology, it was found that a high-fiber diet may help reduce the symptoms of BPPV and protect your inner ear from further damage.5
It's also important to address certain habits that may increase your risk of vertigo. Cigarette smoking for example, can cause vertigo because it constricts the blood vessels in your inner ear.6 Therefore, it's crucial that you quit smoking because it can render your treatment techniques ineffective.
Certain medications may induce vertigo as a side effect. If you're currently taking medication for a certain condition and you suddenly feel dizzy and are unable to maintain your balance, consult with your doctor immediately to discuss a healthy alternative instead.7