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 individuals who want to know how to raise their blood pressure when it’s too low by using natural methods. Hence, I wrote this post to share my experience and best remedies and tips to show you how to use foods, herbs and lifestyle changes to raise blood pressure naturally.
At the end of this article you can download my popular do-it-yourself guide Low Blood Pressure eBook covering Nutrition, Herbal and Lifestyle Solutions to Increase Low Blood Pressure Naturally.
Let’s get started!
Causes of low 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.
Other causes of low blood pressure include:
- Acute or chronic dehydration
- Blood loss and anaemia
- Heat and humidity can worsen low blood pressure
- Severe allergies
- Acute, severe infections
- High stress and exhaustion
- Certain conditions can contribute to dysregulated blood pressure including adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, mast cell activation disorder, Lyme disease, POTS, some autoimmune disorders, histamine intolerance
- Some medications such diuretics, heart medications, levodopa (Parkinson’s disease) and some antidepressants
- Large meals especially high in processed carbohydrates
Some side effects of low blood pressure
- Decrease in blood flow to the brain – a serious symptom that can manifest in dizziness, fainting, brain fog, memory lapses, headaches, nausea and blurred vision
- Importantly, long-term untreated hypotension is linked with brain atrophy more than hypertension. It can potentially cause a permanent brain damage
- Depression and low moods can be directly linked to low blood pressure in some people
- Problems with balance, especially in elderly
- Lower body temperature
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, as mentioned above.
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 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 in my adrenal fatigue post.
- Include more unrefined salt in your diet – unrefined salt (and not common table salt) such as Himalayan 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 Himalayan salt in your food intake. I no longer recommend using sea salt because of the pollution and plastic present in oceans and seas that are now found in seas salt.
- 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. Some people may need to supplement potassium to maintain normal blood pressure – talk to your health practitioner about supplementing it.
- 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 any sleep issues at the start of all natural treatments, including with clients suffering from either low or high blood pressure, as they need to start sleeping better and gaining more energy to initiate the body’s healing processes.
- 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.
- Click on the link to 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.
- If you’d like a more comprehensive approach to correcting sleep problems, I recommend you consider taking my online Sleep Reset Program where you deal and reboot all aspects of sleep. Check it out HERE.
Important: If you are on any medications, always work with your doctor as well as your natural medicine practitioner to make sure you safely use natural medicines and supplements for low blood pressure.
Your Next Step!
For all those who want to start using the natural approaches to increase the low blood pressure beginning today: you can Download a copy of my Low Blood Pressure eBook Guide.
⇒⇒⇒ Click on this link to download: Low Blood Pressure: Nutrition, Herbal and Lifestyle Solutions to Increase Low Blood Pressure Naturally
- Adrenal disorders and their connection to low blood pressure
- Water needs, dehydration and electrolytes intakes
- Key foods to increase blood pressure
- Top herbs for low blood pressure
- Stress release and key lifestyle adjustments to improve hypertension
If you’d like assistance with applying natural remedies and nutrition to increase blood pressure, consider posting a message below or booking an appointment with me to discuss your circumstances.
Please note that at present I’m able to consult with Australia-based clients only. For readers and fans based elsewhere, please download the above DIY guide and start helping yourself today!
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I look forward to connecting with you and to helping you to feel healthier and happier soon!
Low blood pressure is often dismissed as “normal” or “good” as opposed to hypertensio, but it can be a sign of underlying imbalances or diseases and, if persisting, is not to be ignored.
If you have low blood presssure symptoms mentioned above use the many effective natural ways to support it as the first step. Remember, the function and health of your whole body depends on a healthy blood pressure!
Holistic Health and Lifestyle Therapist
Natural and Lifestyle Solutions for Abundant Health and Wellbeing
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Joanna Sochan is a Natural Therapist 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 a 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 and Lake Macquarie, Australia and also conducts online consultations for clients Australia-wide. View full bio.