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Do you ever experience dizziness when you feel a panic attack coming on?  If so, you’re not alone here either.

I and other women I know have or are experiencing dizziness as well.  Dizziness can happen when our estrogen levels drop or it can be due to other underlying health conditions.  To be sure, please meet with your doctor to rule out any other health conditions.  Dizziness is definitely a common symptom that comes with panic attacks.  Most likely if you are perimenopausal, this could be the reason why it’s happening.

Are you drinking enough water?

Dehydration can be a huge culprit of dizziness and/or headaches.  It is imperative to make sure that your organs are getting enough water during this transition as we tend to become dehydrated at a faster pace during perimenopause.  Our bodies are 75% water, so you must make sure that you are getting enough.  Hot flashes and night sweats are another reason to make sure your body stays hydrated.

According to A.Vogel drinking, warm water rather than cold water is what your body needs because cold water can stress your digestive system.  Having a small glass of warm water first thing in the morning with some lemon, if you prefer, would be a great way to start your morning rather than having a cup of coffee or tea.  If you are not used to drinking water regularly, start slow by drinking a glass per day for a week and then increase your intake by adding a second glass for a week until you get to at least three glasses per day of water.

A.Vogel suggests that you start slowly drinking water to give your kidneys time to adapt to your increased water intake.

Coffee and tea contain caffeine which can cause palpitations, dizziness, hot flashes, and headaches. Tea and coffee drinks that don’t contain sugar could work in place of water if there aren’t any added chemicals, like herb tea or possibly a natural coffee without added chemicals in it.  These added chemicals can really affect women in menopause.

Tea especially can flush magnesium and calcium out of the body which isn’t what you would want in this time of transition.  Calcium and magnesium play a role in your mood and bone health, so trying to stick with a tea or coffee that doesn’t rob you of those nutrients is key.

Decaffeinated coffee has chemicals that help to decaffeinate it, so you end up with coffee that has added chemicals which isn’t good for your body.  We can’t win, can we? Believe me, I know what you’re going through!

Herbal drinks can be wonderful but they may contain too many artificial flavorings.  There is hope though!  You can drink pure herbal teas that do not contain artificial ingredients.

I have to mention the fact that artificial sweeteners are not good for us women going through perimenopause.  Artificial sweeteners can stress the liver and mess with our insulin control as well. Our liver is most likely already stressed by the type of environment that our bodies are in at the time, so staying away from artificial sweeteners is a smart decision.

Drops in estrogen levels may cause issues with your insulin control alone, so artificial sweeteners will add fuel to the fire, indeed.

Fizzy drinks including water can be a hindrance as well.  Fizzy drinks contain high levels of a mineral called phosphorus which can deplete our bodies of calcium.  Women going through perimenopause have to take into account that we are at high risk of acquiring osteoporosis.  During perimenopause, we need all the nutrients that we can get since estrogen plays a huge role in our overall health and protects our bodies from all types of diseases.

When you are trying to decide which type of beverage you want to drink, be mindful of how your body may react to it.  Sticking with natural and pure beverages is always a better alternative for your body.

Are you getting enough protein?

 

Dizziness along with headaches can also be due to a protein deficiency.  It took me a while to realize that my dizziness and headaches came from not consuming enough protein as well.

Over the years, unfortunately, we have been told that we are consuming too much protein and that we need to decrease our intake.  For menopausal women, it tends to be quite the opposite.  Our protein needs tend to increase a great deal during perimenopause.  We need protein because every cell in our body needs protein.  It is the building blocks of life when it comes to living a healthy mental and physical lifestyle.  We need protein to help make new cells as well as repairing damaged cells in our bodies.  During menopause, there are so many changes going on in your body, and making sure that your body is getting enough protein is vital.  Your hair, skin, muscles, nails, and organs will thank you for getting enough protein in your system.

Many hormones are made of protein, so it makes sense to replace the protein if it’s being depleted due to drops in estrogen.  We don’t only need protein for our sex hormones but also for the other hormones that are responsible for our digestive system, the thyroid, and helps to keep our bones healthy.  It’s a big range of hormones that are needed to keep you healthy and to keep your body running at its best.

Protein is also responsible for healthy bones, and red blood cells.  The red blood cells contain iron and help to carry oxygen throughout the body (which can affect the brain if you’re not getting enough oxygen).  Getting enough protein and nutrients will help improve your dizziness and your headaches.

Eating healthy snacks between meals can help alleviate your dizziness and headaches.

Eating healthy snacks throughout the day is a good idea for perimenopausal women.  Estrogen robs your body of key nutrients that have to be replaced, so eating healthy snacks between meals is key.

When we don’t eat enough throughout the day, we can become light-headed and dizzy and possibly bring on a headache.

Not getting enough to eat like a woman going through menopause can be dangerous for the simple fact that your body is constantly requiring nutrients that are being depleted at a fast pace from low estrogen levels.  It is very important to do this to keep your body working properly, especially during this transition.

I will never forget when I decided to go on with my day just eating when I wanted to.  Boy was that a wake-up call!  I ate breakfast and didn’t eat again until dinner time.  I became very weak and miserable and couldn’t understand why.  It was when I got schooled by my aunt that I am going through perimenopause. “Not me!” (I said to myself).  I was so distraught and became very depressed. Not only did I become depressed, but I also experienced dizzy spells and headaches as well.  From that point on I educated myself about perimenopause and have been doing much better since.

I encourage you to at least try to get in a couple of healthy snacks throughout the day.  You will feel so much better.

Low blood pressure and low blood sugar can also be a huge culprit of your dizziness and headaches.

 

Please contact your doctor if you feel dizzy doing light tasks like bending down to pick up something and feeling dizzy when getting up. This could mean that your blood pressure is severely low!

Unfortunately, low estrogen levels are to blame for this.  As I mentioned above, getting enough protein in your diet is vital for your overall health, especially during this transition.

Taking Iron is a great place to start but only under the advice of your doctor.  Your doctor will know exactly the amount of iron your body needs.

I have experienced low levels of estrogen and had to increase my iron and protein intake. Not to steer anyone in the wrong direction, but I was a vegan for five years and a vegetarian for ten years before becoming perimenopausal.  During those years I believe that I did more harm than good to my body.  I do know that I did not get enough protein or enough nutrients in those years because I wouldn’t have gone through such hell during perimenopause.

Scientific studies prove that if a woman goes through stress, bad eating habits or not getting enough exercise at least ten years before perimenopause, will suffer more than a woman who played their cards right.  But what if we aren’t educated and prepared (like most of us) to make our transition less painful? This is what drove me to create a website.  I feel the need to share this information with women of all ages. Maybe this is a great idea for young women.  They can start preparing their bodies now to prevent going through the hell that perimenopause can bring.

Everyone’s body is unique and I totally respect that wholeheartedly.  It’s so important to know what works best for our unique bodies.

If you are a vegan or vegetarian, please make sure that you are getting enough protein and nutrients.

I also encourage you to talk with your doctor and find out which type of diet is appropriate for you during this time in your life. Dizziness is nothing to mess with and needs to be addressed now.

Your dizziness and headaches can decrease with proper maintenance.

Eating a diet high in protein and nutrients can do wonders for dizziness and headaches.

Exercise is definitely a game-changer.  It doesn’t always take super strenuous workouts to achieve a decent level of exercise.  Keep in touch with your doctor, eat a well-balanced diet, and keep stress levels low or rid of them completely.

Try to monitor your blood pressure levels regularly by investing in a blood pressure monitor.  It’s a great way to save yourself from having to go to doctors’ appointments for something you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Remember to:

  • Exercise – Walking, running, weight training, and aerobics
  • Eat a well-balanced diet with enough protein
  • Keep stress levels at a minimum
  • Relax – do things that satisfy you or make you happy
  • Go spend time with friends that care about you
  • Love yourself

Having these symptoms are not the end of the world, it’s just something that needs your attention with proper maintenance and care.  You can do this! We are in this together.

 

 

Tobia,

Owner of Hopeforcalm.com