If you're like me and suffer from the annoying health issue of low blood pressure (hypotension), you'll know all about dizziness, headaches and nausea. There are many triggers that instigate low blood pressure, like foods for example, and if you frequently have low blood pressure attacks it's best to avoid these triggers.
However, sometimes it's unavoidable, and you may find yourself in this position of a low blood pressure episode. I have found a few natural remedies that assist in elevating my blood pressure, alleviating those horrible sensations of lightheadedness, blurred vision, palpitations, and nausea.
1. Add more salt to your diet
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Adding more unrefined salt to your diet like pink Himalayan salt, or sea salt can assist in raising your blood pressure, also assisting in the replacement of lost sodium within the cells. Similarly, if you have salt cravings, this can be related to adrenal fatigue, an underlying cause of low blood pressure. I'm currently getting tested for it.
2. Eat Olives
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Consume olives, as they're very salty and also assist in elevating blood pressure. I have recently been carrying a small tub of olives around with me as a snack when I'm out, just in case a low blood pressure attack occurs. They can however create a little heart burn or indigestion if you eat too many.
3. Eat potassium rich foods
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Research states that the mineral potassium helps to normalise blood pressure levels. Foods high in potassium include bananas, dark leafy greens, avocados, potatoes, chia seeds and salmon.
4. Stay hydrated
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This step should be followed by everyone, whether you suffer from any health concerns or not. Staying hydrated is extremely important, and fluids increase body volume and prevent dehydration; both are important in treating hypotension.
Make sure to carry at least a 1 litre bottle of water around with you if you head out. Aim for 2 - 3 litres of water a day. In regards to salt intake to assist in elevating blood pressure, some people also add pink Himalayan sea salt to their water bottle. Additionally, drink more herbal tea, it's relaxing, a great way to consume more water, and it's good for you. My favourite is chamomile.
5. Drink coffee
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This is a funny one because usually we're educated on the cons of coffee. However, if you are having a low blood pressure moment, or have eaten something that has caused a dip in blood pressure (garlic or chili), have a cup of coffee. Don't overdo it though, a teaspoon of coffee with a teaspoon of sugar is adequate in these times. Don't drink it excessively either, as it can create anxiety symptoms which can then lower blood pressure again; it's a continuous and counteractive cycle.
6. Eat small meals throughout the day
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Try to eat small meals throughout the day to avoid a sudden drop in blood pressure, similar to the feelings of low blood sugar. There's nothing worse then missing a meal if you're out or busy and suddenly feeling as though you're going to faint.
I now bring snacks and packed meals with me everywhere I go. If I visit someone's house or have to head out and run errands, I bring an extra meal and snacks with me just in case. The best snacks to carry around are nuts (macadamias are my favourite because they're high in natural fats and are quite dense and filling), bananas, sultanas, raisins, dates, and tuna.
Overall, there is not much spotlight on hypotension compared to it's counterpart hypertension (high blood pressure). However, after years of experience, I have found that these steps have definitely helped me. Similarly, my doctor has assisted me in learning ways to elevate my blood pressure.
It's important you see your doctor also if you suspect you're suffering from hypotension. Although there may be an underlying health issue, low blood pressure is quite common if you eat spicy foods, are on your menstrual cycle, are pregnant, or get up too quickly after laying down.