When we talk about low blood pressure, we generally mean blood pressure. When this, in conditions of rest, falls below 90/60 mmHg, we can speak of hypotension or low blood pressure.
Hypotension can be mild, if above 60/40 mmHg, or severe, when it drops below 50/33 mmHg.
While a condition of mild hypotension can be physiological and asymptomatic, it is good to pay close attention to the more serious forms, which in addition to causing rather annoying symptoms can also hide serious pathologies.
So let’s see how to raise low blood pressure with food and other natural methods available to everyone.
Causes and symptoms of low blood pressure
Low blood pressure, when it starts to make itself felt, gives rise to specific symptoms. If you spot any feelings on this list that you know all too well, then you may be starting to think about taking steps to raise your blood pressure.
The most typical symptoms of hypotension are:
- tiredness and sleepiness;
- excessive sweating;
- vision problems, such as diplopia and blurring.
The most common causes of low blood pressure, however, range from genetic predisposition (which generally can decisively influence the situation) to dehydration, up to pregnancy, and other causes of a pathological nature, such as cardiovascular disease, anemia or bleeding.
Even the intake of some drugs, such as diuretics and antidepressants, can lower blood pressure, as well as some environmental causes, first of all excessive heat.
If you have experienced some of the symptoms described above and verified that your minimum pressure is less than 60 mmHg, then you could benefit from the following tips, which can give excellent results even immediately without the need for medication.
1. Raise the pressure with the power supply
Just like with high blood pressure, that is the opposite problem, nutrition can play a decisive role in the management of low blood pressure: what to eat, then? And what to eliminate from your table to restore the right balance and possibly raise the pressure?
First of all, if you suffer from low blood pressure, or if you are experiencing it only momentarily, you should start avoiding certain foods, such as alcohol of all kinds and drinks with a diuretic effect, such as some mineral waters on the market.
We should also try to avoid:
- meals that are too large, in general, as they engage a lot of blood in digestion, subtracting it from the rest of the body;
- sugar-free diets: the lack of sugar leads the body to produce the so-called ketone bodies in the metabolic phase. The elimination of these molecules, which are toxic, can overload the filtration system of the kidneys, further lowering the pressure;
- herbal teas and diuretic decoctions: exactly as with alcohol, the increase in diuresis coincides with a general lowering of blood pressure, which is why you should avoid anything that increases diuresis or produces dehydration;
- elements that prevent the absorption of iron: we should avoid eating bran, rhubarb, cabbage, undercooked legumes, red wine and persimmons;
Rather, it will be necessary to increase the intake of iron by including foods that contain a lot of it in the diet, such as eggs, meat, and offal.
Salt must also have its part, just think that hypotension is one of the very rare cases in which doctors recommend taking it … always in moderation, of course.
Other substances that are very important for blood pressure, and which can help raise it in the long term, are vitamin C, vitamin B12, and folic acid, all substances which, among other things, will help avoid the onset of any anemia.
What to eat then?
- fresh fruit: in particular peaches, apricots, citrus fruits, melons, bananas, and figs;
- Vegetables: among the most suitable potatoes, spinach, courgettes, and tomatoes;
- Cereals: brown rice, barley, oat bran are excellent nutrients and help fight low blood pressure;
- Coffee: coffee is finally good for something! Drinking two or three cups of coffee, or the equivalent in tea, a day helps to raise blood pressure;
- Ginger: useful for purifying the stomach and accelerating metabolism, ginger is also one of the best-known remedies for low blood pressure; always keep a piece of it at home, to be consumed decoction or in herbal tea in the morning.
Proper nutrition can have a decisive influence on blood pressure, so if you suffer from low blood pressure it will be good to start eating, where it all begins.
2. Natural remedies
In addition to the foods that we traditionally find in our pantries, there are natural remedies that you could easily include in your diet:
- licorice is the remedy par excellence in cases of low blood pressure; how many times have we seen sportsmen and girls chewing licorice root sticks? This is the best remedy if we need to raise the pressure immediately.
In addition to root sticks, there are also supplements based on licorice, or rather glycyrrhizin, the substance to which the property of raising the pressure is attributed, on the market.
- caffeine: as a vasoconstrictor, caffeine can help increase blood pressure and raise it. However, we must be very careful with the quantities: too much caffeine, in addition to damaging the body in many ways, increases diuresis, which causes a lowering of pressure.
- milk thistle: contains tyramine, which directly stimulates the increase in blood pressure, is, therefore, one of the most immediate remedies;
- ginseng: Ginseng can increase the immune defenses, but also act directly on blood pressure.
There are several supplements based on the substances mentioned above, in capsules or powder, which can be purchased at herbalists or even at the supermarket, and allow you to raise your blood pressure quickly in a natural way, without taking drugs. In the form of a supplement or drink or root, there are many completely natural substances that can fight low blood pressure.
Even homeopathy, for those willing to experiment with alternative treatment methods, offers remedies to increase blood pressure. As per the principle of the discipline, it is a question of taking, in extremely diluted quantities, just a few drops of the substance that causes the disorder.
How to raise low blood pressure with homeopathy? The following “homeopathic principles” must be purchased at the pharmacy:
- Cuprum metallicum, Aurum metallicum, and Argentum metallicum: these are very small quantities of copper, gold, and silver. Taken together they constitute one of the most popular homeopathic remedies to combat fatigue and low blood pressure;
- Ferrum Metallicum and Phosphorus, or iron and phosphorus: are minerals that can be used to raise the minimum pressure, and eliminate the sense of tiredness and dizziness, in the most serious cases;
- China Officinalis: it is a remedy that comes from a shrub typical of the regions of South America, and is one of the answers to the difficult question: “I have low blood pressure, what to do immediately?”.
- Vetrarum and Camphora: they are also of plant origin, and are indicated in homeopathy to treat disorders associated with weak pulse and fatigue.
There is still a lot of discussion about homeopathy; it is considered by most of the scientific community as an ineffective discipline in the treatment of serious diseases and pathologies of various types. The only certain thing is that there are no contraindications to the use of homeopathic products.
In the case of low blood pressure, it will not be dangerous to also experiment with a homeopathic approach, combined with good habits, to be treasured, illustrated below.
4. The correct lifestyle
As with many ailments that can afflict us, periodically or more chronically, hypotension, or low blood pressure, largely depends on the lifestyle we lead.
There are habits and behaviors that can therefore be of great help in raising the minimum pressure. How to raise low blood pressure with simple behaviors? Here are some valuable tips:
- always get up with caution from a lying position, getting up abruptly can lead to dizziness;
- avoid hot showers or baths: the heat, however pleasant, is a strong vasodilator, which is why it helps to lower blood pressure; prefer a lukewarm bath;
- do not wear clothes that are too tight, as they can disturb circulation and contribute to dizziness and discomfort if you suffer from low blood pressure;
- drink plenty of water: dehydration, as we have seen, is often associated with hypotension. Furthermore, drinking a lot of water is good for the cardiovascular system and therefore can restore correct blood pressure values;
- Do physical activity: it is the advice that applies to every disease, it is true, but to restore blood pressure values it is necessary to stimulate circulation, and the best way to do this is to practice physical exercise.
We have seen that the first thing to do to avoid sudden drops in blood pressure is to avoid situations and circumstances in which you risk dehydration or circulatory problems.
As much as it is important to avoid going to places where it is too hot, in fact, it is a good habit to try to restore proper blood circulation. How do you do it? Avoid incorrect positions, clothes that are too tight, or an excessively sedentary lifestyle.
Focus on prevention!
In most cases, low blood pressure is an asymptomatic expression that can cause discomfort only in the case of sudden drops in blood pressure, which can be followed by dizziness, dizziness, and fainting in the most severe cases.
Almost all the natural remedies that we have discussed here can in fact be considered as solutions to be used immediately, to prevent fainting, for example.
The administration of licorice, as well as coffee, can help you feel better within minutes. Traditional water and sugar can help, but it is certainly less effective.
It is true that the best way to avoid dizziness and other discomfort is to act on prevention, which is why following the correct diet, exercising and avoiding substances such as alcohol and diuretics can be decisive in the medium term.
Avoid hot and sweating places, and with that making sure you never get dehydrated will do the rest. Raising blood pressure is not impossible, and you can improve your condition with a few simple steps.