Remedies for dizzy spells before menstruation

A period or menstruation refers to the regular shedding of the uterine lining throughout the reproductive phase in a woman’s life. Uterine contractions, abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, headaches, tenderness of the breasts and water retention are common symptoms experienced during menstruation. A woman may also feel depressed or may face mood swings. Nausea, vomiting and indigestion are also frequent during menstruation. Dizziness is another common sensation that is experienced, resulting in lightheadedness, unsteadiness, and loss of balance or the feeling of the room spinning. In many women, the loss of blood during menstruation leads to dehydration and a fall in blood pressure, and these are the primary causes of dizziness. The loss of blood (especially in the case of heavy bleeding) can lead to anemia as a result of an iron deficiency. A change in hormonal levels is at its peak during this time of the month. These reasons can also contribute to dizziness and headaches during menstruation.

Diet plays an extremely important role during menstruation as during this time, the body is not at all in a position to deal with poor dietary habits due to the hormonal changes taking place within the body. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains are especially recommended as they are loaded with nutrients and fiber and yet, easy to digest. Leafy vegetables and root vegetables are particularly suggested as they provide the body with nutrients needed to curb dizziness. Fatty and spicy foods are difficult to digest, and should be avoided so as to minimize discomfort. Water makes up a major part of the blood in our body and also assists in regulating blood pressure. Hence, drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential so as to prevent dehydration and dizziness. Alcohol, caffeine and aerated drinks should be avoided as they have a tendency to cause dehydration. Lavender, rosemary and basil are herbs commonly used in the reducing dizzy spells during menstruation.

Regular exercise tones the body so as to enable it to face strain with minimal effort. It also helps in strengthening the body to the extent that it will be able to cope with the strains experienced during menstruation. Yoga, meditation and simple deep breathing exercises also help in dealing with dizziness. The body is in need of sufficient rest in order to be able to heal itself quickly. If you get a very heavy flow of blood, then consulting a gynecologist is recommended so as to rule out complications. In most cases, a gynecologist would prescribe iron supplements and medication to deal with hormonal imbalances.

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