TWO OF THE MOST COMMON TRIGGERS
for fainting are low blood sugar levels and low blood pressure. Low blood sugar occurs when glucose is not properly maintained in our blood. Severe hypoglycaemia can produce a feeling of faintness. I often ask people how they feel if they miss a meal. Common hypoglycaemia answers include “cranky”, “ tired” and “weak”. If this sounds like you, balance your diet and eat small, frequent meals. Foods rich in protein ( meat, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts) keep blood sugar levels stable for longer. Avoid refined, sugary foods as they aggravate blood sugar lows. Nutrients such as chromium, magnesium and B vitamins can help stabilise sugar levels. Low blood pressure is quite common. When a person gets up too quickly from bed they can feel dizzy, fatigued and disoriented. A common cause of low blood pressure is anaemia, so get your blood levels checked and increase food sources of iron and B vitamins ( meat, lentils, green leafy vegetables). Supplementation of iron should only be taken following blood tests and recommendation from a health professional.