Fainting

Fainting is a sudden and brief loss of consciousness. It is usually caused decreased flow of blood to the brain. It can also be caused by arrhythmia (abnormal change in the beating of the heart), or may be due to heat exhaustion associated with excessive fluid loss, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, drenching sweats, and fainting.

What To Consider

Low blood sugar, low blood pressure (hypotension), allergies, anemia, and nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium and iron can all cause or contribute to fainting. If fainting spells are recurring, all of these factors should be screened for and, if present, addressed.

Should you feel faint, sit down and put your head between your knees until you feel better. Also be sure to breathe fresh air.

Caution
Recurring fainting spells, as well as fainting caused by no discernible reason, require the immediate attention of a physician or other health expert.

Self-Care Tips

Diet
Eating an organic, whole foods diet that includes healthy supplies of protein foods, and drinking plenty of pure, filtered water can help to prevent fainting.

Nutritional Supplementation
The following nutrients can help prevent and speed recovery from fainting spells: Vitamin B, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium.

Aromatherapy
Peppermint, neroli, basil, lavender, rosemary, or black pepper placed under the nose of a fainting victim can help speed a return to full consciousness.

Flower Essences
Apply Rescue Remedy topically to the lips of the fainting victim to help him or her recover.

Homeopathy
Ignatia, Aconite, and Arsen alb are useful homeopathic remedies for preventing fainting spells.

Hydrotherapy
Apply towel soaked in warm water on the forehead to help rouse fainting victims.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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