Dizziness after eating

Generally, the symptom of dizziness is caused by some underlying condition in the body. To alleviate the feeling of dizziness after eating one should look to eliminate the cause of the dizziness itself.

Disease of Labyrinth – The labyrinth is the specific part of the auditory system which gives us our sense of balance. Disorders of the labyrinth can upset its function of maintaining our balance. This can then lead to a person feeling dizzy and tired after eating food. Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, and benign positional vertigo are some of the disorders that can cause this.

Atherosclerosis – As one ages they can develop hardened arteries (also known as arthritis) or stiffness in the joints of the neck. What can happen with these disorders is that pressure is placed on the blood vessels and nerves. It is this pressure that can cause a person to feel nauseous and dizzy after eating food.

Gastritis – Gastritis is an ailment where the stomach’s lining becomes inflamed. Common symptoms of this disorder are feeling tired as well as dizziness. There are several things that can lead to gastritis such as dietary irregularity, eating foods that are not properly cooked, overeating, eating too much oily food, excessive use of alcohol, and drinking strong tea or coffee.

Emotional Disorders – Generally, several issues such as grief, stress, prolonged tension, worry, and clinical depression can lead to a feeling of dizziness after eating. If a person has been suffering with an eating disorder such as anorexia it can exacerbate the condition even further.

Heart Disease – When a person is suffering from heart disease the heart may be unable to pump enough blood to the intestines and stomach. One can then experience nausea and dizziness if they eat a greasy or too large meal because our body is unable to process all of the food.

Medicines – Antihistamines, muscle relaxants, diuretics, and medication for treating blood pressure can cause dizziness after eating when they are taken with a meal.

Disorders of the Thyroid Gland – There are a few disorders of the thyroid which are known to cause a feeling of dizziness after one eats. Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid and one of the more common causes. Hypothyroidism is when there is a lack in activity of the thyroid and is another cause of this symptom. One may also feel tired after eating with these disorders.

Renal Disorders – other ailments that can lead to feeling dizzy after eating are kidney diseases. If a patient tends to eat salty or processed foods quite a lot the condition can become worse.

Dizziness-inducing Foods – It is common knowledge that by eating food that has gone bad one will suffer with adverse symptoms after. There are also some beverages and foods that can create a feeling of light-headedness. The following are some of the offensive foods:

  • Any food that is high in fat such as mayonnaise, cheese, milk, meat, and shortening
  • Uncooked or raw food
  • Shellfish and other seafood which is known to contain natural toxins
  • Junk food that is fried such as corn dogs and French fries
  • Foods that are very salty such as salted nuts, pretzels, deli meat, and chips
  • Some salad dressings and sauces that have a high salt content such as soy sauce
  • Canned soups and foods
  • Baking powder
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Alcoholic beverages

There are a few simple self help actions you can take, alongside medical treatment, that will help manage this health issue.

Eat strictly vegetables and fruits only for several days if you are able to. Once the gastritis has gone you can go back to eating a balanced diet.

Make sure you are regularly drinking water. Preventing a sense of light-headedness after one eats can be prevented by keeping hydrated.

When eating meals avoid having carbonated drinks and sodas. You can opt for a healthy drink like coconut water or lime juice if you want to have something other than water with your meal.

Try eating small, well spaced out meals through the day rather than having a very large meal in one sitting.

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