- High blood pressure is blamed on excessive intake of salt – therefore, hypotension patients may benefit by marginally increasing their salt intake – not more than two grams of sodium in a day.
- Some of the healthiest salty foods that can benefit low BP patients are cottage cheese, pickles, olives smoked fish, or canned items.
- At the same time, it is important to eat these foods in limited quantities to prevent blood pressure from spiking suddenly.
- Blurry vision
- Rapid breathing
- Concentration problems
And if you experience a rapid pulse, clammy skin and shallow breathing, get it checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
What is normal blood pressure?
When systolic and diastolic reading stands between 90/60 t0 120/90 mm/Hg, it is known as normal blood pressure. Therefore, when the reading goes beneath this mark, it is known as low blood pressure or hypotension.
What are the causes of low BP?
Low blood pressure can be long-lasting or temporary and may even indicate the risk of an underlying health crisis. According to Medical News Today, the following are causes of low blood pressure:
- Severe infection
- Heart diseases
- Side effects of high BP medication
- Side effects of other medication
- Loss of blood due to excessive bleeding
- Nutrition deficiencies like vitamin B12 or folic acid
- Endocrine problems
Other causes of low BP are:
- Strenuous workouts
- Rapidly changing posture or position
- Diet – eating too much or too less
- Nervous system disorders
- Heart attack
- Low blood sugar levels
- Heart palpitations
On the diet front, the following foods can help fight low blood pressure:
- Salty food: High blood pressure is blamed on excessive intake of salt – therefore, hypotension patients may benefit by marginally increasing their salt intake – not more than two grams of sodium in a day. Some of the healthiest salty foods that can benefit low BP patients are cottage cheese, pickles, olives smoked fish or canned items. At the same time, it is important to eat these foods in limited quantities to prevent blood pressure from spiking suddenly.
- Coffee: Caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that helps raise heart rate and blood pressure. It is a short-term, temporary solution for hypotension; yet, it is effective. Over time, you can develop tolerance for caffeine – do not go beyond three cups of coffee in a day for health benefits.
- Water: Dehydration can also dip blood pressure levels as it decreases the volume of blood. For relief, drink lots of water – and during the warm months of the year, dehydration becomes a common occurrence. Doctors suggest hypotension patients to drink half a gallon of water in a day and to limit alcohol intake as well.
- Tulsi leaves: Besides holding religious relevance, tulsi leaves can work wonders for health. With its potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and antioxidant levels, tulsi leaves can work well for both hypertension and hypotension patients by keeping blood pressure levels normal. All you need to do is chew six tulsi leaves in a day and bid farewell to BP woes.
- Vitamin B12 foods: Eggs, red meat, and animal liver are rich sources of vitamin B12 – a nutrient that helps regulate blood pressure by treating anaemia – a key symptom of hypotension. If you are struggling with low BP, include these foods in your diet to get relief naturally.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.