Low blood pressure: how to raise it naturally

Joanna SochanAdrenal fatigue/ stress, Conditions & Treatments, Nutrition30 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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30 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
      Joanna

  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

  3. Carol Cox

    My husband has Parkinsons, Angina and Warfarin for AF. His blood pressure is very low, not surprisingly, at 74/47 this morning. This is causing so many problems and all his Doctor says is take more salt. More salt is not working but Doctor does seem worried. He is active swimming three times a week 30 lengths. Have you advice please?
    Many thanks
    Carol

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hello Carol
      Thank you for your enquiry. Sounds like your husband is on quite a few medications for his conditions. I would look at possible drug side effects (one or combination of drugs) that could cause low blood pressure. Also, have a nutritionist/naturopath assess his current nutrition to see what modifications could be made that will positively affect his blood pressure.

      All the best
      Joanna

  4. Michelle

    I am conflicted about your comment “Potassium normalizes blood pressure ” and an article from http://www.med-health.net/Foods-That-Raise-Blood-Pressure.html that says “It also helps that many vegetables and fruits have potassium with reduces blood pressure.” Also an article from http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/salt/Home/Whypotassiumhelps that says “Why potassium helps to lower blood pressure”. If someone has low blood pressure, should potassium be increased or used with caution? Are you able to further clarify? Thanks!

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi Michelle
      Thank you for your question. What I meant by stating that potassium normalises blood pressure is that potassium regulates blood pressure in the body meaning if your intake of potassium is adequate it’ll act to either lower or increase blood pressure as required by your circumstances. So the key is to have good levels of potassium for either high or low blood pressure derived from food, which is relatively easy to achieve. High potassium foods include fruits such as bananas, prunes, figs, citrus fruits, fresh vegetables, and legumes, among others.

      Potassium’s best friend is magnesium and both minerals are vital for healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular wellbeing. See more information here: http://naturimedica.com/magnesium-anxiety-stress-high-blood-pressure-muscle-pain/

      Also, this is an interesting study that discusses effects of potassium http://www.wellnessresources.com/studies/potassium_in_health_and_disease/

      All the best
      Joanna

  5. Dan

    My new meds cause low blood pressure. It is not scarey low yet but for me it is much lower then usual. Is this different then being caused naturally? I will try and help it through food and water intake and I am an active person. Should my plan be good enough just adding more water daily and eating the foods I read can help?

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi Dan

      Thank you for your question. I suggest you talk to your doctor about changing the new medication to something more suitable. It’s usually possible to find a replacement without this particular side effect. This med causes interference with the fluid regulation in the body and this, needless to say, is not a good thing. Of course keep up with the adequate water AND electrolyte intake especially if you exercise at a high(er) pace – see my tips on electrolyte rich drinks here http://naturimedica.com/how-to-drink-enough-water-daily-and-improve-your-health-part-2/ plus blood pressure friendly foods/ nutrition. By the way I find this calculation of daily water requirement works quite good: multiply your weight x 35ml = your daily water intake (not including other foods). So for example 75kg x 35ml = 2,625ml = 2.6l.

      All the best
      Joanna

  6. tanya

    Hi Joanna,

    I’m so glad I found your site. I have been suffering from a variety of symptoms, many of them being mentioned in this article. I have just been to my integrative practitioner and tested my bp today and it was 83/63, the lowest it has ever been after suffering one of the worst migraines i have ever had last night. I will go back to her now, she said my bp is fine (although i have nausea, dizziness, vertigo and light headedness…almost constantly now.

    I will ask her about adrenal support when i get back into see her, otherwise, if you know of a practitioner in melbourne that you would recommend, i would be much obliged. Looking forward to your e book as well.

    Thanks so much for your site.

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi Tanya

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Your symptoms need to be thoroughly investigated to find the cause(s) and yes, adrenals could be involved. I’m glad to hear you are seeing an integrative practitioner who should know which test(s) to order to see how adrenals are working, and test for other things, as required.

      I’m afraid I don’t know any practitioners in Melbourne to recommend. You could do Google search for naturopaths near you and use the word adrenals or adrenal fatigue to try and narrow down the list.

      All the best
      Joanna

  7. surbhi

    hey joanna

    I dont know what is happening to me. My blood pressure always fluctuates between 100/60 to 80/40. There are no obvious symptoms, I came to know about my low.B.P only after measuring otherwise there were no symptoms.

    what am i aupposed to do?

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi there

      The first thing to do in my opinion is to see your doctor to investigate if there are any medical/physiological causes for the fluctuations in your blood pressure. Our blood pressure varies during the day and you can get different readings at different times of the day, when you’re stressed or dehydrated etc.

      All the best
      Joanna

  8. Ellie gavin

    I am a 67 year old athlete whose BP is between 98 and 106. I eat very healthy and gave up salty pretzels because they contain wheat. My pressure used to be 110-120. I ecerise 2-3 hrs a day
    I feel fatigued. I don’t drink that much water and sports drinks have too much sugar and bother my stomach. I just had blood work done that showed one of my kidney level showed dehydration.
    I asked for them to check my adrenal but they said only if my thyroid levels showed something -‘and it didn’t
    Should I go to another dr.

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Getting a second opinion is a good idea. I suggest you look for a functional medicine doctor near you. These are trained to look broadly at your current health status and also understand the symptoms, how to test for and treat adrenal fatigue, if present.

  9. SandyM

    I am 72 yrs young and use to have high systolic bp. Symptoms were sudden heat flushes, racing heart and bp high as 200. After fighting that a 2-3 years, it started dropping. Now I have very low diastolic bp, persistently staying in the low 50’s and 40’s. Systolic is pretty much controllable. I also have a slow heart rate, often in the 40s and 50s. I have been to a cardiologist and they tell me my heart is doing what it’s supposed to but numbers are getting worse as time goes on, as well as the diastolic. My guess is during the high bp times, I had hyperthyroid or adrenals, and then it fatigued, going into a hypo state. I also have many and acute food allergies. Reading online points to possible arterial problems as a cause but beat is strong. I am on natural thyroid presently and have been for years. I no longer have that. Just tired.

    1. Joanna Sochan

      I suggest you have your adrenal function tested to gauge the adrenal capacity to produce cortisol and other important hormones related to feeling tired. Functional doctors or naturopaths would be best to contact as they are more likely to understand how to test and interpret them.

      All the best
      Joanna

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi there!
      Depending on your symptoms, you may consider testing adrenal hormones to see if there are imbalances present. Otherwise, make sure you’re well hydrated and you also tried the other nutritional strategies I mentioned in my post.

      All the best
      Joanna

  10. Soni

    Hi
    Is m 51 yr old female, generally healthy and active, until, 2 months ago.
    I had vomits and diarrhoea acros 2-3 weeks about 2 moths ago
    No major cause identified, abdominal US and blood and urine and other tests normal.
    Do not recall getting adrenal done.
    BP around 100/70 usually am around 125/80, so make me dizzy and disoreinted.
    Taking hydra,yet to increase hydration, have loose stools regularly since the vomits, so am taking 1 Imodium daily for last 3 days.. What should I do to get of Imodium and have natural bowel motion and increase my bp to my normal levels of around 120/78? Thanks.

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi there!
      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately I’m not able provide detailed advice over the internet. Doing gut testing such as stool analysis could be worthwhile to gauge if any parasites or overgrowth of harmful bacteria may be involved in causing the diarrhoea.

      All the best
      Joanna

  11. Mary

    I’m taking extra folic acid and I feel very tired so I looked up all the symtoms for low blood pressure since everytime I stand up from sitting or laying down position I feel extremely ill for a few seconds. Is this common?

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi Mary
      I suggest you measure your blood pressure 3-4 times per day for a few days to see if it’s actually low or there are other imbalances to consider.

      All the best
      Joanna

  12. Ray

    HI Joanne,
    I am soon to be 83. All is under control ie. Diabetes/ cholesterol/heart etc.
    BP was under control but the last 4/5 months BP is really low 90-100.
    I would not have known except that I get up with lightheadedness 2/3 times at night. Once fell dizzy and had to be rushed to the hospital. They found that it was caused due to my acute reflux and low BP. They have taken me off Coversyl 2mg. I drink 4 glasses of water a day – this I will increase. I sometimes have to take a small glass of salt water and keep Gatorade handy (electrolyte).
    I am very active – play golf (walk) 4/5 days weekly. also indoor exercise all winter. But due to my headache feel sluggish all day. Eat a banana daily and have 2 shots of scotch before evening meal.
    Need to know what I can do to increase my BP naturally. Doctor does not talk of a medicine .

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Hi Ray
      Thank you for your question. From you short description I suggest you could consider doing an adrenal function test (saliva test measuring cortisol and DHEA) as the adrenals play the key role in keeping blood pressure at normal levels, and you’d need to investigate this if nutrition and lifestyle options (as outlined in my post) don’t produce results. Most likely you’d need to find a functional medicine doctor/practitioner who is familiar with this test and knows how to interpret the results. Google works well for finding functional medicine practitioners wherever you are located.

      All the best
      Joanna

  13. Jenny

    Hi i been feeling really light headed dizzy and at times when i stand up my vision goes black for like 30 sec my blood pressure was 99/59 does it mean i have low blood pressure?

    1. Joanna Sochan

      Jenny
      I suggest you measure your blood pressure a few times per day over a week or so and record the readings. If your blood pressure is consistently low you can then look for a possible cause of it under the guidance of your doctor or natural medicine practitioner.
      All the best
      Joanna

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