Low blood pressure, medically referred to as hypotension, is a condition that occurs when the blood pressure in the circulatory system falls below a certain threshold. This poses a challenge for the affected person because low blood pressure reduces blood flow to core organs in the body, resulting in some of the condition’s most common symptoms. Some of the symptoms associated with low blood pressure include dizziness, nausea, blurry vision, inexplicable thirst as well as shallow breathing. Some people will also experience poor concentration, fatigue and even fainting.
The most important thing to note is that low blood pressure may occur from time to time, and is not serious. If, however, your blood pressure readings are persistently low, then you need to seek medical help as this could point to a more serious underlying condition. It helps to keep a record of the symptoms you experience if you suspect you suffer from low blood pressure. in addition, include details of the specific activities you were engaged in at the time. Providing these details makes diagnosis and treatment faster.
As a guideline, blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (denoted by mmHg), and consists of two numbers; the systolic pressure (the first number) and the diastolic pressure (the second number). Normal blood pressure ranges from 90/60 to 140/90. Readings that go below 90/60 are an indication of low blood pressure. Some of the factors that predispose you to low blood pressure include certain medication, pre-existing conditions as well as one’s age. There are several treatment options available for patients with low blood pressure. Additionally, there are natural remedies used to help manage the condition. Listed below are natural remedies and lifestyle changes which are helpful for treating low blood pressure.
1. Salty Water:
Time Required: 5 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Teaspoon of salt and a glass of warm water.
Low blood pressure is easily treated using salty water. This is because the sodium in the salt is retained in circulation, and consequently helps increase the blood pressure. All that you need to do is add a little more salt to your daily intake, or prepare salty water to take during the day. There are a few things that you should take note of when using this remedy. These include:
– Let your doctor know you are using this remedy especially if you have any other pre-exisiting condition.
– Use salty water as a natural remedy until you get relief from low blood pressure. Once your pressure is back to normal, cut down on the amount of salt to avoid complications.
– Use this remedy in moderation; too much salt poses a great risk to your overall health
- Simply add more salt (in moderation) to your daily food. As a general guide, avoid adding salt to ready food on the table, and instead add it during cooking.
- Alternatively, add 1/2 a teaspoon of table salt to a glass of warm water and stir for complete dissolution.
- Drink this water at least thrice daily until you get relief from hypotension.
2. Licorice Root:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of licorice herb, a cup of boiling water and a sieve. Licorice root capsules (optional).
Licorice root is one of the most popular remedies for the natural treatment of low blood pressure, particularly in cases where the condition results from low levels of cortisol. The active ingredients present in the herbal root lower the concentration of the enzyme that causes the degradation of cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal gland, and is important in the maintenance of blood pressure. Licorice root therefore helps increase the concentration of cortisol, thus increasing blood pressure which is beneficial for hypotension patients.
In addition to this, licorice also contains Glycyrrhizin, a natural compound that helps retain sodium in circulation, therefore raising the blood pressure. The flip side of using this remedy is that it depletes the concentration of potassium in the body. For this reason, patients with heart conditions and diabetes must use this remedy after consulting with a doctor to prevent complications from arising. Prepare licorice root as indicated in the steps below. In the absence of the ground herb, you may take the licorice root capsules.
- Put teaspoon of the ground licorice root in a cup of hot boiling water.
- Let the herb steep for 5-10 minutes and stir.
- You may add honey to the tea as a natural sweetener.
- Use this remedy daily as you monitor your progress.
- Alternatively, take licorice root capsules daily to manage the symptoms of low blood pressure.
Time Required: 5 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of coffee twice daily.
One of the best ways to increase your blood pressure albeit temporarily is to take a cup of strong coffee/tea first thing in the morning. Caffeine present in these beverages works like an instant pick-me-up as this boosts your blood pressure and helps increase blood circulation. It helps to take your cup of coffee or tea alongside a meal to manage hypotension symptoms with ease. The catch to using this remedy is to make sure that once you get relief from low blood pressure, you cut down on the caffeine load as the excessive intake of caffeine is thought to have negative effects on the body.
- When your blood pressure dips, remember to take a cup of coffee/tea to get that caffeine fix and increase your readings. Do not exceed more than 400 mg of coffee daily.
4. Stay Hydrated:
Time Required: Water intake is scattered throughout the day.
What You Need: Adequate drinking water.
Staying hydrated seems like one of the natural ways to treat many conditions, and this is not any different for the natural treatment of low blood pressure. Taking adequate water ensures that your body is hydrated, which in turn helps increase blood pressure. Dehydration on the other hand, has the exact opposite effect. For this reason, it is recommended to take enough drinking water, alongside other fluids. Avoid alcoholic drinks which dehydrate you and make the symptoms of hypotension more pronounced.
- Take adequate water and fluids such as natural juices throughout the day.
- The amount of water taken varies from one person to another depending on age and lifestyle.
- To make this remedy easier, it helps to keep a bottle of water at hand so that you are constantly sipping on some water.
5. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 3 Medium sized lemons and manual juicer.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice works effectively in the management of hypotension, especially in cases where the condition results from dehydration. In addition to increasing blood pressure, the lemon juice also helps treat dehydration and ensures the optimal functioning of the liver. To get the most out of fresh lemon juice, it is important to accompany this with adequate drinking water.
- To increase juice production, roll the lemons between the palms of your hands, or use the working surface. This is helpful because it stimulates the fibers to release more juice.
- Wash the lemons and cut in halves.
- Use the manual juicer to extract the juice.
- Drink the lemon juice thrice daily. You may also add it to your daily drinking water alongside some salt for improved results and relief from low blood pressure.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 4 Drops of rosemary essential oil and a diffuser. Rosemary (dried herb).
Rosemary is useful in the treatment of low blood pressure as it causes the stimulation of the Central nervous system (CNS), and this goes a long way in improving blood circulation. Increased blood circulation helps raise blood pressure, therefore providing relief from low blood pressure. The easiest way to use this remedy is to add the oil to a diffuser and reap the benefits of aromatherapy as indicated in the directions below. Alternatively, add the dried herb to your food on a daily basis.
- Place 5 drops of rosemary essential oil in the diffuser and use for several hours daily.
- Remember to add dried rosemary to your food for added benefits.
7. Tulsi Leaves:
Time Required: 5 Min
What You Need: Tulsi leaves.
Tulsi leaves are yet another handy remedy for the natural treatment of low blood pressure. The leaves have a high concentration of Magnesium and potassium which play a key role in regulating blood pressure. What’s more, the leaves are packed with Eugenol which not only helps raise blood pressure, it also reduces the amount of cholesterol in the body. This ancient remedy is easy to use, so make sure you grab a few Tulsi leaves daily.
- Chew on some fresh Tulsi leaves each morning.
8. Eat Small Portions of Food Regularly:
Time Required: Varies from one individual to another
What You Need: Small portions of healthy food during the day
One of the golden rules when it comes to managing low blood pressure is to make sure that you take healthy meals more regularly. It is recommended to take smaller meals more often as opposed to three large meals all day. This not only prevents big gaps in between meals, it also works against dips in blood pressure, a common occurrence after ingesting heavy meals. This does take some getting used to, so at first, it may be better to add healthy snacks such as fruits and nuts in between meals.
- Serve small portions after every few hours to avoid eating large meals at a go.
- Throw in healthy fruits and nuts in between meals for easy management of low blood pressure.
9. Watch your Body Positions During the Day:
Time Required: Varies
What You Need: A conscious deliberate effort to be keen on your body positions.
Low blood pressure is associated with symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and feeling light-headed. For this reason, anyone with hypotension needs to be wary of their body positions during the day. Sudden changes in position make you more prone to severe symptoms. Use the following tips to help you reduce the symptoms of the same.
Tips to Manage Low Blood Pressure using your Body Position
- The key thing to remember is to always take it easy when changing positions. When getting up in the morning, take a deep breath for 2 minutes before sitting up. Sit up slowly and gently shift your wait as you stand up.
- If you start to experience the symptoms of low blood pressure while standing, simply cross your legs to improve blood circulations.
- Take on gentle exercise routines to improve blood circulation.
Low blood pressure can be managed with relative ease using the aforementioned home remedies. If in doubt, remember to consult your doctor for any clarifications. Eating a healthy balanced diet always goes a long way in ensuring you remain healthy and your blood pressure stays in the normal range.