Although we hear more about how to correct high blood pressure (hypertension), low blood pressure (hypotension) can be equally challenging to improve. I am contacted regularly by clients who want to know how to raise blood pressure when it’s too low using natural treatments such as specific diet, foods or nutrition strategies and/or supplements, including any home remedies they can use to increase blood pressure.
There could be a number of reasons associated with low blood pressure and any medical condition that can potentially cause it needs to be investigated and excluded before embarking on nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle changes.
Therefore it’s imperative to first check with your doctor for possible underlying medical causes of your low blood pressure such as heart conditions, faulty brain signals or nervous system damage, to name a few. Some heart conditions that can lead to low blood pressure include extremely low heart rate (bradycardia), heart valve problems, heart attack and heart failure. These conditions may cause low blood pressure because they prevent the body from being able to circulate enough blood.
Natural approaches to raising low blood pressure
There are a number of approaches that can be undertaken to increase low blood pressure naturally without prescription drugs, where safe and possible. I’d like to share a few simple natural remedies and methods that worked for hypotensive clients in my clinical practice:
- Being well hydrated increases blood pressure – it can be as simple as increasing your intake of water per day as dehydration reduces blood volume and leads to a drop in the systemic blood pressure. Check out the strategies how to drink and absorb more water daily.
- Include vegetables and fruits high in water such as celery, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage as well as watermelon, apples, pears, papaya and pineapple, to name a few.
- Blood pressure is an important indication of adrenal function – low adrenal function is arguably the most common as well as the most overlooked cause. If your blood pressure drops when you rise up from a lying position or stand up too quickly, this almost always indicates low adrenals. This drop in blood pressure upon standing is called postural hypotension and it’s also associated with dizziness, loss of balance or feeling light headed.
- During and especially after menopause the adrenals gradually take on the role of producing sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) after ovaries stop producing them. If the adrenals are depleted and thus are unable to produce enough estrogen, progesterone and DHEA, women experience more hot flashes, night sweats, low energy and mood, fatigue, foggy brain and weight gain. Therefore it’s very important to address adrenal depletion before the menopause to alleviate many of these symptoms.
- Adrenal glands (there are 2 of them) located above each kidney are pretty amazing and extremely important organs, their overall function is to help the body cope with stress and survive. They enable the body to deal with stress from every possible source such as disease, injuries but also work, relationship problems and negative emotions. Our energy levels, moods, resilience, endurance and our very life all depend on their proper functioning.
- It’s well worth it to familiarise yourself with how the adrenals work and how to help them to function well through better nutrition and stress reduction. In a nutshell, the hormones secreted by the adrenals (including adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol and DHEA) influence all of the major physiological processes in the body. Find out more about it in my adrenal fatigue post.
- Include more sea/ unrefined salt in your diet – salt helps to increase low blood pressure and also assists in restoring some of the causes of sodium loss within the cells that may be related to hypotension. Salt craving is a common symptom of adrenal fatigue. Check out a few dietary strategies to safely include sea salt in your food intake.
- If you are a vegetarian, your blood pressure may be normally lower (around 95/65). If so, then your low blood pressure does not necessarily mean you have low adrenal function.
- Potassium normalises blood pressure – this mineral is absolutely necessary for normal blood pressure. Adequate potassium in the diet is a simple health basic that just can’t be ignored when dealing with cardiovascular issues. High potassium foods include fruits such as bananas, citrus fruits, vegetables, legumes and chia seeds – a particularly high source.
- Sleep, rest and managing stress – did you know that sleeping better is one of the most underrated, simple and easy things you CAN do to improve your health in general and help in correcting blood pressure imbalances? Sleep lowers inflammation, helps in fatigue / adrenal fatigue recovery, improves mood and attitude so you feel more motivated and energised to pursue and persist with your treatment.
- I always discuss and address sleep issues at the start of any natural treatment, including with clients suffering from either low or high blood pressure, as they need to sleep better and gain more energy to initiate body’s the healing processes.
- Having seen many fantastic outcomes of improved sleep in my practice, I was compelled to create a sleep blueprint based on my clinical experience, to give you the most important, common sense steps and actions you can do right now to get sounder and more restful sleep tonight.
- My better sleep blueprint, in a form of an eBook, will provide you with the tools and guidance to treating insomnia and significantly improve your sleep – fast. Find out what’s covered in the Sleep Better Tonight eBook here.
- Download your copy of the Sleep Better Tonight: How to get a good night’s sleep – a step-by-step blueprint for all struggling with insomnia, fatigue, chronic
- tiredness or adrenal fatigue.
Important: If you are on any medications, always work with your doctor as well as your natural medicine practitioner to help you safely use natural medicines and supplements for low blood pressure.
I’d very much appreciate your feedback on what has worked for you so far to increase your blood pressure using nutrition, stress management methods and lifestyle adjustments. Please share your experience and tips in comments below for others to benefit, too. Thank you!
January 2018 update on my Low Blood Pressure eBook
I’m excited to announce that my guide on how to raise low blood pressure with natural remedies has been published and it’s available to purchase and download in the Shop! Here is the link: “Low Blood Pressure: Nutrition, Herbal and Lifestyle Solutions to Increase Low Blood Pressure Naturally”
I’ll be grateful for your feedback on the eBook and what else would you be interested for me to cover in this post which I update on a regular basis. Thank you!
If you’d like assistance with how to apply natural remedies to increase blood pressure, consider posting a message below or booking an appointment with me to discuss your circumstances. At present I’m able to consult with Australia-based clients only.
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I look forward to connecting with you and to helping you to feel healthier and happier soon!
Good health and blessings
Adrenal Fatigue and Digestive Health Expert
Naturopath || Herbalist || Nutritionist || Reiki Practitioner
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- Adrenal fatigue treatment: The Kalish Method in Australia
- Magnesium for anxiety, stress, high blood pressure and muscle pain
- Drinking coffee – pros and cons from a medical perspective
- High blood pressure and emotions
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Joanna Sochan is a Natural Medicine Practitioner and founder of Naturimedica Holistic Health & Wellness. She has a passion for helping her clients transform their lives by becoming healthy and well naturally. Joanna is an adrenal fatigue, sleep and gut health expert helping tired, stressed or unwell individuals to regain their energy, sleep better and be happier, more relaxed and calm. Joanna practices in Sydney, Australia and also conducts Skype / phone consultations for clients Australia-wide. View full bio.