Low blood pressure: how to raise it naturally

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Kale heartAlthough we hear more about how to deal with high blood pressure, low blood pressure can be equally challenging to improve. There could be a number of reasons associated with low blood pressure and any medical condition that can potentially cause it needs to be investigated and excluded before embarking on nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle changes. There are a number of approaches that can be undertaken to increase your blood pressure without prescription drugs.

These include:

  • Blood pressure is an important indication of adrenal functionlow adrenal function is arguably the most common as well as the most overlooked cause. If your blood pressure drops when you rise up from a lying position or stand up too quickly, this almost always indicates low adrenals. This drop in blood pressure upon standing is called postural hypotension and it’s also associated with dizziness, loss of balance or feeling light headed.

During and especially after menopause the adrenals gradually take on the role of producing sex hormones after ovaries stop producing them. If the adrenals are depleted and thus are unable to produce enough estrogen, progesterone and DHEA, women experience more hot flushes, night sweats, low energy and mood, fatigue, foggy brain and weight gain.

Adrenal glands (there are 2 of them) located above each kidney are pretty amazing and extremely important organs, their overall function is to help the body cope with stress and survive. They enable the body to deal with stress from every possible source such as disease, injuries but also work and relationship problems. Our energy levels, moods, resilience, endurance and our very life all depend on their proper functioning. It’s well worth it to familiarise yourself with how adrenals work and how to help them to function well through better nutrition and stress reduction. In a nutshell, the hormones secreted by the adrenals (including adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol and DHEA) influence all of the major physiological processes in the body.

  • Include more sea/ unrefined salt in your diet – salt helps to increase blood pressure and also assists in restoring some of the causes of sodium loss within the cells. Salt craving is a common symptom of adrenal fatigue. Check out a few dietary strategies to safely include sea salt in your food intake.
  • Potassium normalises blood pressure – this mineral absolutely necessary for normal blood pressure. Adequate potassium in the diet is a simple health basic that just can’t be ignored when dealing with cardiovascular issues. High potassium foods include fruits such as bananas, citrus fruits, vegetables, legumes and chia seeds – a particularly high source.
  • If you are a vegetarian, your blood pressure may be normally lower (around 95/65). If so, then your lower blood pressure does not necessarily mean you have low adrenal function.

If you are on any medications, always work with your doctor as well as your natural medicine practitioner to help you address this condition.

Good health and blessings
Joanna

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Joanna Sochan is a natural medicine practitioner, owner of Naturimedica and entrepreneur. She is a university trained Naturopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist. Joanna sees exciting potential for a natural approach to work either alongside conventional medicine or on its own, as required by clients and their circumstances. This method ensures her clients obtain benefits of both worlds. Having assisted many individuals in regaining their health, she believes that care, respect and empathy are as important in healing as any scientific tools. She specialises in treating adrenal fatigue (exhaustion) and stress, digestive problems, high blood pressure and cholesterol, blood sugar imbalances and weight loss. Here’s Joanna’s personal motto: Follow your bliss! No matter how old you are, where you live and where you currently are in life, it’s never too late to turn over a new leaf and experience more joy in your life!

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