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Light headed while exercising??

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

OK, so self-admittedly I haven't exercised besides speed walking and some light yoga in any serious way in more than 8 years. I'm 10 months post-partum and down 50 pounds with another 50 to go on a lacto-paleo diet. I tried to work out today and it was raining so I turned on my Xbox Kinect EA sports and just doing the heart rate test made me light headed with dark spots, I couldn't even finish it!!

Don't worry, I've already set an appointment with my family doctor who is a WAPF follower himself but is that normal for an out of shape person to have this problem? I'm extremely frustrated because I know I need to do something more than walking. The only other time I get dizzy is if I get out of bed really fast or stand up quickly with my infant from a chair. Is there a natural way to deal with this? I'm feeling very discouraged right now.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on October 16, 2011
at 09:28 PM

You mightwant to add some safe starch carbs. Paul Jaminet said he eliminated this problem when he added starches back to his diet.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on October 14, 2011
at 10:36 AM

I agree with Dragonfly, 1000 IU should not be the problem.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:53 AM

1000 IUs is not too much. It may not be enough to keep you at 65 ng/ml going into winter.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:51 AM

Just so you know, you can't possibly hurt your baby by taking up to 10,000 IUs a day. RN's recommendation is right on. The D you ingest doesn't directly translate into your breastmilk. Our bodies are pretty smart that way. I posted a study about that on another thread, sorry to lazy to find it now!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 10:08 PM

I am breastfeeding but I think I'm eating enough and yes, I had already eaten breakfast and lunch when I had the dizzy spell. I am a bit wary of megadosing D while breastfeeding. Seems like a bad time to be experimenting, especially since my D levels are actually pretty decent.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 10:06 PM

yes, I take Magnesium citrate but only before bedtime.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:38 PM

haha, thanks Dragonfly. I typed this on an iphone.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Do you take Magnesium?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:37 PM

1000 IUs of D is probably not enough, especially going into winter. Have you had your level checked, yet? How's your magnesium intake. When I upped mine, my orthostatic hypertension disappeared.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:16 PM

R/o hypoglycemia. Measure BG when that happens.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I take about 1000iu a day from my cod liver oil. Do you think that's too much? I live in New England so I don't really get any significant sunshine. I am breastfeeding so I'm nervous about not taking it.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:09 PM

yeah I take plenty of D. My levels were around 65 at my last annual physical.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Just asking because when my wife works third shift she has these exact issues....switch to day shift and they disappear.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I dealt with orthostatic hypotension for YEARS while on blood pressure meds. I think the main cause for me was being dehydrated due to the water pills.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:55 PM

we cosleep and I usually nap with him so there isn't a lot of sleep drama at our house. I'm pretty sure I get adequate sleep.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I make a point to drink plenty of water and I don't eat low carb.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Another thing could be the sleep factor...10 month old, are you getting a good nights rest?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I used to have low blood pressure as a teenager and in college. My last blood pressure check was fairly normal but I will get it checked again. Thanks

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:45 PM

I stopped eating low carb about a month ago to shake up a plateau.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

no I'm not doing low carb. I eat about 25% of my calories from carbs mostly green leafy veggies, squash, and tubers.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Sounds to be orthostatic hypotension. There could be several causes, but postpartum mothers are one group that its prevalent in. If walking does not cause this I would recommend just sticking to brisk walking until you get a full check up to rule out other causes, and proceed from there.

More exercise variety is of course going to be preferable, but walking is AWESOME in and of itself.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Another thing could be the sleep factor...10 month old, are you getting a good nights rest?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Just asking because when my wife works third shift she has these exact issues....switch to day shift and they disappear.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I used to have low blood pressure as a teenager and in college. My last blood pressure check was fairly normal but I will get it checked again. Thanks

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:55 PM

we cosleep and I usually nap with him so there isn't a lot of sleep drama at our house. I'm pretty sure I get adequate sleep.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I dealt with orthostatic hypotension for YEARS while on blood pressure meds. I think the main cause for me was being dehydrated due to the water pills.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 13, 2011
at 09:43 PM

My first thought is adrenal fatigue, which would be fairly normal with a baby...your WAPF friendly doc would likely know some easy ways to test your adrenals. Low blood pressure could be a factor, like someone else mentioned. Every once in a while, this kind of thing happens to me, and it's invariably when I have not eaten yet that day. So I wonder if you eat prior in the day to your exercise? You don't mention if you are nursing or not, but if you are, just be sure to keep your food intake plentiful as well. Oh, and I agree with Dragonfly's advice to take more D...I recommend taking 1000 iu per 25 lbs. of body weight, and up to twice that much when you are fighting off any sort of illness or infection.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:51 AM

Just so you know, you can't possibly hurt your baby by taking up to 10,000 IUs a day. RN's recommendation is right on. The D you ingest doesn't directly translate into your breastmilk. Our bodies are pretty smart that way. I posted a study about that on another thread, sorry to lazy to find it now!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 10:08 PM

I am breastfeeding but I think I'm eating enough and yes, I had already eaten breakfast and lunch when I had the dizzy spell. I am a bit wary of megadosing D while breastfeeding. Seems like a bad time to be experimenting, especially since my D levels are actually pretty decent.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on October 13, 2011
at 08:01 PM

This may sound nutty but are you taking a lot of Vitamin D? When I decided to self-mega dose I got sort of dizzy spells, and such. Cut back to normal levels and it went away.

Otherwise if it's low BP related, have you tried adding some salt to your diet? That might be a simple fix. Just getting more fluids w/o something to help retain them can make the problem worse.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:37 PM

1000 IUs of D is probably not enough, especially going into winter. Have you had your level checked, yet? How's your magnesium intake. When I upped mine, my orthostatic hypertension disappeared.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:09 PM

yeah I take plenty of D. My levels were around 65 at my last annual physical.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on October 14, 2011
at 10:36 AM

I agree with Dragonfly, 1000 IU should not be the problem.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:53 AM

1000 IUs is not too much. It may not be enough to keep you at 65 ng/ml going into winter.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I take about 1000iu a day from my cod liver oil. Do you think that's too much? I live in New England so I don't really get any significant sunshine. I am breastfeeding so I'm nervous about not taking it.

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Bee4e0fda817da9857443bd40f552a75

on October 13, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Maybe you are not drinking enough water and your glycogen stores are too low before exercise.I feel crap when i'm low on glucose and my performance is suffering too.Eat some tubers,or make an occasional fruit smoothie to fuel yourself!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I make a point to drink plenty of water and I don't eat low carb.

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E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:38 PM

are you doing low carb? you may need more carbs if you want this to go away.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:45 PM

I stopped eating low carb about a month ago to shake up a plateau.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

no I'm not doing low carb. I eat about 25% of my calories from carbs mostly green leafy veggies, squash, and tubers.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on October 16, 2011
at 09:28 PM

You mightwant to add some safe starch carbs. Paul Jaminet said he eliminated this problem when he added starches back to his diet.

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