A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Low Blood Pressure
I had a question the other day about low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure means your blood pressure is lower than normal.
Another name for low blood pressure is hypotension.
In most healthy adults, low blood pressure doesn’t cause problems or symptoms.
It may be normal for you.
For example, people who exercise regularly often have lower blood pressure.
But if your blood pressure drops suddenly or causes symptoms like dizziness or fainting, it’s too low.
It can cause shock.
Shock can be dangerous if it isn’t treated right away.
Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body.
Blood pressure has 2 numbers: systolic and diastolic.
>The systolic (higher) number shows how hard your blood pushes when your heart is pumping.
>The diastolic (lower) number shows how hard your blood pushes between heartbeats, when your heart is relaxed and filling with blood.
Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80.
Low blood pressure doesn’t have a specific number where it’s too low.
Most health care providers consider blood pressure to be too low when it causes symptoms or drops suddenly.
In general, low blood pressure symptoms happen when blood pressure is less than 90/60.
Some causes of low blood pressure include:
>Getting up after you sit or lie down. This can cause a quick drop in blood pressure called orthostatic hypotension.
>Standing for a long time.
>Not drinking enough fluids.
>Medicines (high blood pressure or other heart medicines).
>Health problems (thyroid disease, severe infection, bleeding in your intestines, or heart problems).
>Trauma (major bleeding or severe burns).
Many people with low blood pressure don’t have any symptoms.
Symptoms to watch are:
>Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.
>Having a fast or irregular heartbeat.
>Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting.
>Feeling more thirsty than usual.
>Having blurry vision.
>Having cold, clammy skin.
>Breathing very fast.
>Having black, tarry stools.
>Having a fever.
If you have symptoms of low blood pressure, especially dizziness or fainting, call your health care provider.
To deal with low blood pressure at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).