Hypotension or low blood pressure is a medical condition wherein the blood pressure in the arteries falls below the optimum levels. Although high blood pressure is a chronic condition that most people are suffering from, we tend to forget that low blood pressure can be equally or more dangerous. Some people might feel, that having a low pressure is good but a severe fall in your blood pressure can even be fatal. Also Read: Hypotension: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment
An adequate blood pressure reading is 120/80 mm Hg (i.e. mercury); where the upper number specifies the systolic pressure or the pressure in the arteries during the contraction of heart muscles i.e. when the heart beats and gets filled with blood and the lower number represents the diastolic pressure which is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is in a resting phase in between two beats.
Hypotension is usually caused due to improper blood flow to the heart arising when a person suddenly stands up from a sitting or lying position which can be termed as postural hypotension. It can also occur due to stress, dehydration, drinking habits, nutrient deficiency, low salt intake, pregnancy or medication allergy.
And mostly a fall in blood pressure can make you feel light-headed, dizzy, nauseated, or cause loss of vision and consciousness. If not treated on time, continuous low blood pressure can block oxygen and vital nutrients from flowing to the brain and cause temporary or sometimes permanent damage to the brain, heart, and kidney.
Doctors recommend proper diet and preventive measures to up the levels of blood pressure. This article highlights some natural home remedies to maintain your blood pressure.
The holy basil, termed commonly as tulsi is a treasure trove of nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, all of which help in treating hypotension and maintaining adequate blood pressure reading. The presence of the antioxidant eugenol in tulsi leaves not only helps in upping the low blood pressure levels but also lowers blood cholesterol levels. Regular intake of 5-6 tulsi leaves early morning on empty stomach shows positive results.
Enriched with omega 3 fatty acids, almond milk is extremely beneficial in treating hypotension. The absence of saturated fats and cholesterols makes it a good addition to the hypotension diet. Soak a few almonds overnight. Peel and make it into a paste. You can mix the paste to warm water or milk and have it on a regular basis to keep your blood pressure levels under control.
Licorice roots obtained from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant is a potent traditional remedy aimed towards treating low blood pressure. Owing to its effective anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic properties, the root powder when infused with warm water and taken regularly can prove beneficial for people suffering from hypotension. Also Read: Licorice, Sweet Deal for Various Ailments
Caffeinated beverages like coffee, green tea, etc provide temporary relief from a sudden dip in blood pressure. A warm cup of tea or coffee in the morning boosts the heart rate and effectively elevates the blood pressure levels for a short period of time. But make sure, you don’t add too much sugar to it as while increasing your pressure, you might also cause a spike in your blood sugar levels.
Salt Water or Salted Buttermilk:
Although excess salt is bad for health, being a powerhouse of sodium, normal table salt is an instant remedy for people having a sudden fall in blood pressure. A glass of salted buttermilk will immediately up the levels of blood pressure. But one must keep in mind, it cannot be used as a long-term treatment, as it can reverse the effects and lead to hypertension or high blood pressure.
Mix a spoonful of salt in water and drink when you have a sudden fall in blood pressure due to postural hypotension.