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.
Here I included a few natural methods and strategies that have worked in my clinical practice:
- Being well hydrated increases blood pressure – it can be as simple as increasing your intake of water per day as dehydration reduces blood volume and leads to a drop in the systemic blood pressure. Check out this article on a study re water’s role in blood pressure control, also find out strategies how to drink and absorb more water daily.
- 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.
- 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, relationship problems and negative emotions. 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 the 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 low 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 low blood pressure does not necessarily mean you have low adrenal function.
- Potassium normalises blood pressure – this mineral is 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.
- Sleep, rest and stress management – did you know that sleeping better is one of the most underrated, simple and easy things you CAN do to improve your health in general and help in correcting blood pressure imbalances? Sleep lowers inflammation, helps in fatigue / adrenal fatigue recovery, improves mood and attitude so you feel more motivated and energised to pursue and persist with your treatment.
- I always discuss and address sleep issues at the start of any treatment, including with clients suffering from low or high blood pressure, as they need to improve sleep and gain more energy to initiate body’s the healing processes. Having seen many fantastic outcomes of improved sleep in my practice, I was compelled to create a sleep blueprint based on my clinical experience, to give you the most important, common sense steps and actions you can do right now to get sounder and more restful sleep tonight.
- My better sleep blueprint, in a form of an eBook, will provide you with the tools and guidance to significantly improve your sleep fast. Find out what’s covered in the Sleep Better Tonight eBook here.
Important: If you are on any medications, always work with your doctor as well as your natural medicine practitioner to help you address this condition.
I’d very much appreciate your feedback on what has worked for you so far to increase your blood pressure using nutrition, stress management and lifestyle adjustments. Please share your experience and tips below for others to benefit, too. Thank you!
February 2017 update: Due to the great interest in the topic of raising low blood pressure with natural remedies and lifestyle adjustments, I’m currently writing a comprehensive guide on this to be published on my website in late February/ early March 2017. If you’d like to be notified when the guide is published, please subscribe to my blog in the Wellness Blog subscription form below.
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Check out other relevant posts here:
- Adrenal fatigue treatment: The Kalish Method in Australia
- Magnesium for anxiety, stress, high blood pressure and muscle pain
- Drinking coffee – pros and cons from a medical perspective
- High blood pressure and emotions
- Eat this – Chia seeds
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