You hear about high blood pressure problems all the time, but I have low blood pressure. Sometimes I feel a little dizzy when I wake up suddenly and they tell me it might have something to do with my general lack of energy. I heard that eating salt might help. What do you suggest?
Blood pressure is given its two numbers, which measure the pressure in the arteries leading to and from the heart. The upper systolic number is the pressure as the heart pumps blood; the lower diastolic measurement is the pressure as blood enters the heart.
The general lifestyle and, in particular, stress levels and exercise affect our blood pressure continuously, so it can vary a lot in a short time. It is difficult to define “normal” blood pressure, since everyone has their own range of variation. Medical opinion has changed in recent decades. The normal range used to be 100/60; it is now taken as 120-125/80-85, which is the average reading for a large population of people who are presumed healthy. High blood pressure is a persistent reading of more than 140/90, even at rest.
Low blood pressure (hypotension) is now considered 100/60 or less. It is often a temporary condition caused by acute or short-term external factors, which can include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, blood poisoning, and anesthesia. Once the factors are resolved, the blood pressure returns to normal. However, chronic low blood pressure is also common. Your dizziness when standing up quickly is a key symptom, known as postural or postural hypotension. Lack of energy is another symptom, as are lethargy, weakness, fatigue, depression, a ‘sinking’ feeling in the heart, cold hands and feet, occasional dry skin, pale appearance, weak voice, slow movements and difficulty to breathe on exertion. Complications include hair loss, dry mouth and eyes, poor ability to sweat, low metabolic rate (usually leading to weight gain), poor bladder function, and body aches and pains.
Having said that, people with low blood pressure often live with few problems and medical treatment is rarely necessary. The only complication of postural hypotension is if your blood pressure drops suddenly when you sit or stand up from a lying position because it can lead to fainting. If your dizziness becomes more severe, see your doctor.
Long-term conditions that can affect blood pressure are severe burns, excessive use of diuretics, fluid retention, recreational drug overdose or the side effect of some prescription medications, irregular heartbeat, blood clots, anemia, MS, depression , low estrogen levels, poor thyroid function, or diabetes. Improper diet may be involved as it may avoid salt. Hypotension can also be due to low production of corticosteroid hormones from the adrenal glands. In addition to triggering the fight or flight stress response, they control the balance of minerals and salts in the body. A deficiency of either can cause hypotension.
Some people drink coffee to raise their blood pressure, but this is not sensible as it only temporarily increases the heart rate while the caffeine is active. However, salt can be helpful and I suggest adding a bit more sea salt to your food.
Here are some more suggestions:
* Eat a diet rich in protein, with fish, eggs, meat, game, cottage cheese, tofu, Quorn, soy and nuts. You should eat protein twice a day. The portions of fish, chicken or meat must be 125g.
* Eat caviar (a teaspoon every other day), if you have the opportunity. Contains salt and protein.
* Eat soda bread toasted with honey (manuka is good).
* Prepare an invigorating drink for the body by soaking ten almonds and ten pistachios (shelled) for 24 hours in still water at room temperature. Mix with milk and then add three to four strands of saffron (soaking is not necessary). Add a teaspoon of honey and stir to mix. Drink this daily for two months.
*Make marrow soup by boiling organic bones with garlic, ginger and a dash of Asafoetida (from Indian stores) for two hours or so. Skim, strain and refrigerate the broth. Drink a cup, heated, an hour before dinner.
* To support energy levels, take BioEnergy (tablets) or Ashwagandha (capsules): once or twice daily for three months.
* Take Gnseng (capsules): one daily for three months to help tone blood vessels.
* To promote energy, take Energy Plus: one scoop twice a day with milk or water for three months.