How to raise low blood pressure in 7 steps
If you suffer from hypotension, you will know how this problem - in itself "not particularly worrying - can be debilitating in everyday life: the most characteristic symptoms of low blood pressure, in fact, are chronic fatigue, drowsiness, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, even fainting.
In summer, in particular, low blood pressure can become a problem. By following the steps we recommend, you can find out how to raise your blood pressure without having to resort to drugs, generally not recommended for this disorder, if you do not suffer from it in a chronic form or as a consequence of other diseases. Keep reading!
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1. Stay hydrated so your blood pressure doesn't drop
To raise blood pressure, hydration is essential. Drinking plenty of water, in fact, is good for the cardiovascular system: it has been shown that those who drink at least 5 glasses of water a day decrease the risk of heart attack by over 40%! Water is good for the heart, and therefore for blood pressure.
Drink at least 2 liters per day. If you then spend a lot of time outdoors or exercise, the amount should increase to avoid the damage of hypotension that could cause dehydration.
2. Take care of your nutrition
A healthy and balanced diet can help you not only for your general well-being, but also to help regulate your blood pressure.
Try to exclude from your diet all those industrial foods that contain a high amount of fat and sugar. Instead, it focuses on healthy products: white meat and fish, whole grains, fruit and vegetables in quantity.
To help the pressure rise, it is good to take a high amount of folate (you find them especially in vegetables such as broccoli and spinach) and vitamin B12, very useful for the cardio-vascular system: yes therefore to cheeses, milk, yogurt and fish.
Finally, it is better to have small but more frequent meals, limiting complex carbohydrates (pasta and white bread), which are more difficult to digest. Here is a list of useful foods to combat fatigue, one of the symptoms of low blood pressure:
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3. No to alcohol and yes to caffeine
If drinking a lot of water is very useful as a system to raise low blood pressure, alcohol intake - on the contrary - is completely counterproductive: alcohol, in fact, leads to dehydration, causing the level of vitamin B12 in the blood to drop, which - as we have seen - it plays a decisive role in regulating pressure. Therefore, if you suffer from low blood pressure, it is better to avoid alcohol altogether, or to limit your intake as much as possible.
On the contrary, consuming caffeinated drinks (again, without exaggerating!), Can be a valid help. In fact, caffeine constricts blood vessels leading to an increase in pressure in the arteries. If you are about to have a dip, make yourself a nice coffee!
4. Try natural remedies
Some natural remedies can help you raise low blood pressure, especially if hypotension is not severe enough to require medication (if so, they can still be valuable support). Licorice, for example, is known for its ability to raise blood pressure, as are ginger root, aniseed, rosemary, cinnamon, and pepper.
Ginseng and guarana are also plants capable of relieving the weakness and fatigue that result from low blood pressure. A cure-all for the cardiovascular system is rooibos tea, which contains proteins, minerals and vitamins, as well as pomegranate juice which, with its high content of flavonoids, it helps to regulate blood pressure.
Finally, royal jelly can be considered an equally effective remedy for restoring mineral salts to the body and in case of hypotension, immediately giving a boost of energy.
5. Play sports regularly
Performing physical activity regularly has countless benefits on our body, and among these also that of regulating blood pressure, thus helping to raise it in case of hypotension. It is not necessary to train as an athlete! It will be enough to walk half an hour a day at a brisk pace to keep the heart in shape and help pressure.
Instead, it is better to avoid exercises that involve considerable physical effort such as, for example, weight lifting: if the pressure has not yet been adjusted, they could cause muscle tears. Try these simple exercises to do from the comfort of your home:
6. Adopt appropriate behaviors and habits in everyday life
There are some physical habits and attitudes in everyday life that can help you raise low blood pressure, or otherwise prevent it from dropping further. First of all, to avoid dizziness or fogging, be careful to always move very slowly when moving from a lying position to a standing position: getting up suddenly causes a further lowering of the pressure.
If you have to take a shower, try not to use hot water for a long time: this will dilate the blood vessels and lower the pressure. Choose a warm shower or bath and, if necessary, install a handrail in the tub so you don't have to jump up and avoid dizziness.
If you have to wear tights, choose graduated compression ones, designed specifically to improve circulation in the legs, avoiding blood stagnation and swelling. It may be useful, if necessary, to use them even daily.
Finally, when you are sitting always choose a position with your legs at rest and your knees at hip width: crossing your legs leads to blocking the circulation ... and this trick will also be useful to avoid cellulite!
7. See a doctor
If you regularly suffer from low blood pressure or sudden changes in blood pressure, consult a doctor to understand how to raise it: a specialist will be able to competently investigate the causes, whether it is a problem of food shortages, more serious ailments such as diabetes, or if for example it may be the side effect of some drug you are taking.
Low blood pressure, in fact, could be one of the symptoms of another pathology, from cardiovascular disease to thyroid problems. Therefore, if, after following the precautions indicated in the previous moves, you continue to have sudden drops in blood pressure, do not hesitate to contact to your doctor and get advice on how to proceed.
To find out more about low blood pressure, you can consult the Humanitas hospital websiteSee Also: Low Blood Pressure: What to Eat to Avoid Fainting and Fainting?
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