“Dizziness has many possible causes, including inner disturbances, motion sickness, and medication effects,” explains the Mayo Clinic. “How dizziness makes you feel, your triggers, and how long the dizzy spells last provide clues for possible causes.”
Inner ear imbalances are often linked to dizziness — that uncomfortable woozy, light-headed, spinning sensation. Dizziness isn’t a disease, but a symptom of various problems.
The Mayo Clinic says, “Your sense of balance depends on the combined input from the various parts of your sensory system. These include your eyes; sensory nerves, which send messages to your brain about body movements and positions; and your inner ear, which houses sensors that help detect gravity and back-and-forth motion.
“Vertigo is that false sense that your surroundings are spinning or moving. With inner ear disorders, your brain receives signals from the inner ear that aren’t consistent with what your eyes and sensory nerves are receiving. Vertigo is what results as your brain works to sort out the confusion.”
The Mayo Clinic states that a viral infection of the ear’s vestibular nerve can cause intense, constant vertigo. Meniere’s disease, where excessive inner ear fluid builds up, may cause sudden episodes of vertigo, lasting for several hours. Meniere’s may also cause fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and the feeling of a ‘plugged’ ear.
Dramatic blood pressure drops, anxiety, sedatives, dehydration, and low iron levels may also contribute to dizziness.
People experiencing sudden, severe dizziness should seek medical attention. Mild cases, coupled with light-headedness, may be relieved by lying down briefly, which allows more blood to flow to your brain, recommends WebMD. Slowly sit up, then stand. For dizziness with a spinning sensation, don’t lie flat, but prop yourself up slightly. Move slowly to avoid falling, and call your doctor if fainting, nausea, or vomiting develop.
Joshua Steckler, the owner of Push Fitness a personal training studio located in Schaumburg, specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition. He shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper on September 17, 2016 that if you consistently find yourself grabbing snacks from the vending machine or stopping off for fast food, it’s time to start prepping. Preparation takes time up front, but definitely pays off in the long run.
Try the following tips and never again settle for limited options.
1. Prepare your food ahead of time. OK, this seems obvious, but, if you don’t have food prepared, you’re going to grab whatever food is available at the last minute; and many times it won’t be a choice to be proud of.
If you don’t have time to sit down and make breakfast in the morning, make sure you have healthy options available to grab before you run out the door.
If you’re at the office all day, prepare your lunch and snacks the night before so you can grab it along with your breakfast on your way out in the morning. This way, you have all the healthy food you need to get you through the day. Continue reading
The article shown below was published by Impact DuPage on September 21, 2016. Healthy Lombard is honored to have its efforted recognized by this wonderful organization.
Municipalities across DuPage County are working to make an impact on strategic issues, such as Healthy Lifestyles. In Lombard, the Healthy Lombard coalition is working with restaurants to create and promote healthier menu options. In an effort to increase healthy eating and reduce obesity, restaurants are improving the local food environment by adopting Healthy Lombard criteria for healthier dining options. Developed by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist participating in the coalition, these criteria include having food options that are low-calorie, have beneficial ingredients, and that are low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Four restaurants located in Lombard, including restaurants such as Maxfield’s Restaurant and Main Street Cafe, have already agreed to participate and will be displaying the Healthy Lombard designation in the restaurant for customers to identify. By implementing strategies to increase and promote healthy eating options, Healthy Lombard will help our community reach intended outcomes and advance the well-being of DuPage County.
Check out our Healthy Eating Options Page to see the menus of two restaurants that are participating in this project, Maxfields on Roosevelt Road and the Main Street Cafe on Main and St. Charles Rd.
Nancy Nance, NASM Personal Trainer,at www.nancynance.com shared that when she asks her clients, “How much water do you drink each day?” she is always surprised when she hears people say they only drink one bottle of water a day. That one bottle is usually a 12-ounce
Quinn Phillips, in Everyday Health shared that in our healthcare system, the advice of doctors naturally tends to carry a special weight. But with multiple sclerosis (MS) — as in other conditions — it’s often nurses who spend the most time with patients and know about their challenges on a more intimate level.
We interviewed three nurses who specialize in MS care (and see hundreds of patients every year) to find out what they think are the most important steps for people with multiple sclerosis to take. You’ve probably heard some of this advice before, but it bears repeating — especially because, as the nurses note, some of these tips can lead to big improvements in your quality of life.
1. Exercise (the Right Way)
For Mary Filipi, PhD, an MS care specialist and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Omaha, the first thing she tells many of her patients to do is get enough of the right kind of exercise.