Balance Problems

Frequently Asked Questions

15. Can diet and lifestyle changes help with a balance disorder?

Your diet and lifestyle can help you manage certain balance-related problems. Ménière's disease is linked to a change in the volume of fluid in the inner ear. By eating low-salt (low-sodium) or salt-free foods, and steering clear of caffeine and alcohol, you can make symptoms such as vertigo less severe.

See suggestions for limiting salt (sodium) in your diet.

Balance problems due to high blood pressure can be managed by eating less less salt (sodium), maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising. Balance problems due to low blood pressure may be managed by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water, avoiding alcohol, and being cautious regarding your body's posture and movement, such as standing up slowly and avoiding crossing your legs when you’re seated.

Learn more about managing high blood pressure (hypertension).

Learn more about managing low blood pressure (hypotension).