Low blood pressure is an abnormal condition where a person's blood pressure (the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels during and after each beat of the heart) is much lower than usual, which can cause symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness.
Some of the main causes of low blood pressure are faulty nutrition or malnutrition, emotional instability, loss of blood and slow internal bleeding. Lethargy, weakness, fatigue and dizziness are the most common symptoms of low blood pressure.
Causes of Low Blood Pressure: -
• Faulty nutrition and malnutrition is the main cause. • Side effects of certain medications such as diuretics, beta blockers and high blood pressure medication. • Diet deficient in B Vitamins, Vitamin C and protein and calories cause malnutrition. • Loss of blood, emotional problems, prolonged frustration and disappointments are other causes. • Diabetes which can cause alterations in blood sugar levels. • Hormone problems such as adrenal insufficiency or thyroid disease (overactive or underactive thyroid)
Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure: -
Excessive sweating or feeling constantly tired or depressed to the point where it starts to affect the quality of your life, can also be symptoms of low blood pressure, and should be a cause for concern. Low blood pressure may occasionally cause shortness of breath and a slight pain in the chest due to inadequate blood supply to the heart.
If blood pressure is too low, the brain is the first organ to be effected, and brain damage could occur. Other symptoms may occur, due to other body mechanisms trying to increase blood pressure that is low. For example, when the arteries restrict the blood flow to the feet and hands, these may turn cold and blue. Heart palpitations caused by the heart rapidly beating to increase blood pressure may also be a symptom. If your blood pressure gets too low, all organs may eventually begin to shut down and shock can occur.
Natural Home Remedies for Low Blood Pressure: -
• Drink more fluids during hot weather and while sick with a viral illness, such as a cold or the flu. • Have your doctor evaluate your prescription and over-the-counter medications to identify any that may be causing your symptoms. • Get regular exercise to promote blood flow. • Foods rich in proteins, vitamin C and vitamin B are effective in treating low blood pressure. • Sun and air bath, daily dry friction and sponge are advisable. • Hot Epsom salt bath is the simplest remedy. Immerse in the bath for 10-20 minutes before going to bed. • Wrong thinking, unnecessary worries and overwork should be avoided.
Self-help:- If you have postural hypotension, your GP may advise you to:
• stand up slowly, especially when you first wake up • try not to stand still for a long time • make sure your baths/showers are not too hot • avoid strenuous physical activity • wear compression stockings • increase the salt in your diet and amount of fluids you drink - however, it is important to remember that too much salt in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, so you should follow your doctor's advice.
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