Low Blood Pressure - Hypotension
Blood pressure (BP) is considered too low if the flow of blood around the body is inadequate enough to cause symptoms. Blood pressure is generated by the pumping heart as well as the elastic response of the arteries through which blood flows. Low BP alone, without symptoms or signs is not unhealthy. Some people may have blood pressure of 90/50 with no symptoms. However, others who normally have higher blood pressure may develop symptoms if their blood pressure drops to 100/60. People who have lower blood pressure have a lower risk of stroke, kidney disease, and heart disease. Athletes and people who take regular exercise of moderate intensity and who maintain ideal body weight, plus non-smokers tend to have lower blood pressure. Therefore, low blood pressure is desirable as long as it is not low enough to cause symptoms and damage to the organs in the body.
True symptoms of low blood pressure are due to the inadequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney. These organs do not function normally and may be temporarily or permanently damaged.
Causes are varied and treatment of the underlying cause is necessary. they can include:
- A crisis situation such as blood loss or large scale burns, septicaemia, acute organ inflammation and anaphylactic shock.
- Heart disease and pulmonary embolism.
- Dehydration including heat stroke and exercise exertion, vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Medications such as those used for treating heart disease, high blood pressure, water oils (diuretics), antidepressants, drugs for impotence and Parkinson’s disease as well as alcohol and many recreational drugs.
Moving from a sitting or lying position to a standing position often brings out symptoms of low blood pressure. This occurs because standing causes blood to "settle" in the veins of the lower body, and this can lower the blood pressure. If the blood pressure is already low, standing can make the low pressure worse to the point of causing symptoms of lightheadedness, dizziness and possibly fainting. Even young healthy adults may have similar symptoms after prolonged standing. The nervous system interprets long periods of standing as rest and so it wrongly slows down the Circulatory System. Parade guards are taught special exercises to prevent the health problems caused by long periods of immobility. Factory line workers may also need special attention.
Foods & herbs for the home
- Follow a healthy eating plan: one that emphasises richly coloured fruits and vegetables, and low or no animal fat.
- Minimise alcohol and stop smoking.
- Caffeine can raise BP so coffee may be useful as a morning beverage; focus on organic blends and use a paper filter system that increases the removal of undesirable chemical residue.
- Be playful with spices; many are circulatory stimulants. If you are a hot constitution do not over-use hot cooked spices. Cool spices like cumin and Organic Turmeric can be added to food after cooking, along with Cayenne Pepper.
- "Garlic" by Jill Davies is available as a free download for you to learn about a food that has a traditional reputation for assisting heart heath.
- Use less salt as pure sodium chloride (try small amounts of sea salt that also contains magnesium and other minerals).
- Another book by Jill Davies explores the traditional use of Hawthorn as a gentle and positive heart herb.
- Some oils are better for the heart than others. The best ones are rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, such as flax seed oil or hemp seed oil. Coconut oil is excellent, as is extra virgin olive oil. Coconut oil is a good choice for cooking as it can withstand a higher cooking temperature than olive oil without spoilage.
- Search out potassium-rich foods: a key one is apple cider vinegar. You can use it in salads, on potatoes, in stews or simply drink 2 tablespoons mixed with 2 tablespoons of apple juice daily. Also bananas, dried fruit, nectarines, melons, potatoes (with skins), broccoli, and pumpkins have high potassium levels.
- Ask us for a sample of PumpBeet Capsules.
- Foods that are high in absorbable plant calcium are supportive of the heart. Include deep green coloured vegetables in your diet as well as Superfood Plus, which is easy to prepare and digest and also rich in essential minerals and vitamins to support whole body health.
- Try Onion & Horseradish Concentrate on your salads and cooked food; this contains a blend of foods and spices that are warming and can help the circulation.
- Stress is not a factor in normally low blood pressure but it may be very stressful to be experiencing an illness that is depleting you on many levels. Successful stress management will use a variety of mental, behavioural, emotional and physical approaches. Consider them all.
- Hydration is vital in the maintenance of normal blood pressure. Take particular care of the elderly during heat waves and all ages during hard physical exercise.
- Learn more about your heart and circulation by watching a video presentation by Jill Davies discussing heart health.
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