Frequent dizziness?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Hi! I'm on day 19 of doing Whole 30 and I've noticed over the past week or so that I get dizzy very easily these days, just bending over to pick something up. Any ideas as to why this is happening or what I can do to stop it?

Here are more details, in case they're useful:

  • I did six weeks of paleo last fall and then fell off the bandwagon over the holidays; just now getting back into it

  • Earlier, I was getting my blood sugar crashing pretty frequently (headache, sudden dramatic drop in energy, crankiness, feeling like everything in my life was permanently horrible) which I've been able to avoid by eating bigger meals (e.g. boosting breakfast from 3 eggs to 4) and adding a meal at 3:00 in the afternoon and going ahead and eating a snack if I get really hungry in between. The dizziness doesn't seem to be the same thing, although now that I think about it, it maybe? happens when I'm hungry

  • I haven't been trying to limit salt and I like salt a lot, so I don't think I'm salt-deficient

I appreciate any thoughts or input, folks! Thanks!



on March 17, 2013
at 04:05 PM

Thanks, folks! I'll try eating even more salt and having some fruit. We'll see what happens!



on March 17, 2013
at 09:40 AM

I assume that you have lowered carb intake. This makes the kidney dump sodium more rapidly and that's why you need to add (more) salt to your food.

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on March 17, 2013
at 09:04 AM

I want to second the recommendation for adding more salt. I had the same thing with dizziness on paleo, especially when I was super low-carbing. I have always liked salt, but had bought into the prevailing wisdom. They were wrong. Salt did the trick.


on March 16, 2013
at 03:19 AM

It sounds like your body might be missing carbohydrates. I personally love butternut and spaghetti squash has a source of carbohydrates that is allowed on the Whole 30 plan. You may need to increase your carbohydrate intake by a little bit, but obviously not by much. Sweet potatoes are another option.

It's also NOT healthy to limit your salt intake in mass quantities because your body really does need it to function. Using Himalayan Salt is great! No need to feel guilty eating that.

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