All About Low Blood Pressure: What You Can Eat and Drink, and What You Absolutely Must Not Do

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is a fairly common problem. However, very little is known about it. Most often, doctors share advice for people suffering from high blood pressure, but there is little practical advice for hypotensive people. However, low blood pressure is a dangerous problem and should not be ignored.

Low pressure: causes and symptoms

Many people do not even know what can be the cause of low blood pressure. It turns out that hypotension can start because of a stomach ulcer, a tumor, an infectious disease, heart failure, diabetes, or cardiomyopathy. One of the most common causes of low blood pressure is vegetovascular dystonia. Unpleasant symptoms of hypotension are also often due to impaired circulation in the blood vessels of the brain.

If you don’t have a blood pressure monitor, but you don’t feel well, it’s worth knowing how low blood pressure feels. You may have a headache (in your temples and forehead area), your pulse rate may start to increase, and you may feel pain in your heart area. You may also have nausea, vomiting, flatulence, and even constipation if you have low blood pressure.

If you have low blood pressure: What to do

What to do if you have low blood pressure at home? To begin with, it is worth understanding if you do not need emergency medical assistance. You should not “hero” and be patient if you realize that your condition has worsened greatly. Doctors believe that hypotension is a pressure below 100 over 60 in men and 95 over 60 in women. The most dangerous pressure is 90 over 50, you should not ignore it. If your blood pressure is 80 over 50 – immediately lie down so that your legs are above your head.

How to get your blood pressure up? Eat a piece of something salty (herring or cucumber) and drink plenty of fluids. The first aid for low blood pressure is rest. Try not to be nervous, and rest. If your condition worsens, seek medical attention immediately.

However, you should not try to sleep it off. Many people also don’t know why you shouldn’t sleep when you have low blood pressure. It turns out that a stroke or heart attack can happen while you sleep.

Low blood pressure: what to drink

Doctors advise drinking pomegranate or grape juice for hypotension. Also, for the prevention of a sharp drop in blood pressure, drink black tea. In moderate doses, red wine is allowed, the main thing – do not to abuse alcohol.

What to eat when you have low blood pressure

Nutritionist and gastroenterologist Oksana Skitalinskaya believes that with low blood pressure, it is definitely not necessary to starve. Refusal to eat with hypotension is very dangerous. Therefore if you have low blood pressure – refuse exhausting diets and starvation, even if therapeutic.

If you have low blood pressure, you should eat dark chocolate, salty foods, cinnamon, and honey.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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