Low blood pressure: how to raise it naturally

Joanna SochanAdrenal fatigue/ stress, Conditions & Treatments, Nutrition4 Comments

How to raise low blood pressure

Although 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.

I have included a few methods that work in my clinical practice:

    • Blood pressure is an important indication of adrenal function – low 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.
    • Low blood pressureAdrenal 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. Find out more about it in my adrenal fatigue post.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 on any medications, always work with your doctor as well as your natural medicine practitioner to help you address this condition.

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Joanna Sochan
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4 Comments on “Low blood pressure: how to raise it naturally”

  1. Lamare

    Hello my name is lamare carter I’m having problems with my blood pressure it’s always under 45 I’ve tried all kinds of things nothing seems to help. I’ve been on a medication name fludrocortisone and it doesn’t seem to help. I’ve past out a couple times and doctors seem to figure it out either. I don’t know what else to do

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi Lamare

      Thank you for your email. You may want to investigate the health of your adrenals as adrenal fatigue syndrome is associated with persistent low blood pressure. Please have a look at my adrenal fatigue article on my Wellness Blog – just search for adrenal fatigue. I suggest you find a functional medicine practitioner or a naturopath where you live and get your adrenals tested.

      All the best

  2. Russ Steadele

    My spouse is having problems with Low BP, taking medication, fludrocortisone, which does not seem to help much. She gets dizzy and passes out if she does not sit. Her BP is very low most of the time, 90/50 is good for her. She is also taking magesium and potassium daily. She had an early menopause, around 35. Can this be caused by adrenal fatigue? I have seen this in the previous question and want to follow up to see if I can find something which my help her. Please email answer to her at ginger129@comcast.net.

    Thank You

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