Low blood pressure or also known as hypotension is a condition in which the pressure of the blood pumping through the arteries is abnormally low. People with a reading of around 90/60 or less are commonly regarded as having low blood pressure.
In fact, it affects a large number of people worldwide. Very often people don’t realize they are suffering from it and often dismiss it as an one-off case of feeling dizzy or ill. It could be a sign of a serious issue with the heart, endocrine or even signal neurological disorders. Severe low blood pressure can block oxygen and vital nutrients from flowing to the brain and hence shouldn’t be taken lightly.
v Increase water and salt intake – When the water and salt content of your body is reduced, it may lead to low blood pressure. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Water helps increase the volume of your blood, and having more blood in your arteries will increase your blood pressure. People who are diagnosed with hypotension are usually advised to increase the salt intake in their food. However, too much of salt is not good for the health, so it should not exceed certain limit.
v Avoid alcohol drink – Alcohol is dehydrating which can cause low blood pressure, even if you drink in moderation.
v Eat small frequent meals – To help prevent postprandial hypotension (low blood pressure after meals), eat in small portions several times a day and lying down after eating, or sitting still for a while may also help.
v Follow a healthy diet – Get all the nutrients you need for good health by focusing on a variety of foods, including fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and limit high-carb foods such as rice, potatoes, bread and pasta.
v Have Beetroot – The juice of raw beetroot is one of the best remedies for low blood pressure. You should drink a cup of beetroot juice twice a day to treat hypotension. Substantial improvement will be seen within a week.
v Wear support stockings – Support stockings or also called compression stockings are a tight elastic socks or stockings. They provide extra pressure to the feet, legs, and stomach, which will help stimulate circulation and increase blood pressure.
v Stand up gradually – Before getting out of bed in the morning, try some physical movements first to increase your heart rate and the flow of blood around your body. For example, stretching in bed before you get up, or crossing and uncrossing your legs if you are seated and about to stand.
The symptoms of low blood pressure usually can be treated by making these small changes to your lifestyle. However, if the symptoms are not treatable and progress over time, then you must talk to your doctor, they will establish the underlying cause of your hypotension in order to determine the best treatment for you.