What causes low blood pressure?
While not discussed as often as high blood pressure, hypotension (or low blood pressure) is a medical condition that can cause uncomfortable symptoms and in extreme cases, have life-threatening consequences. Hypotension is often caused by prolonged bed rest, dehydration, infections, stress and anxiety, pregnancy, or as a side effect of certain medications. So, how do you know when you have low blood pressure? First, blood pressure levels below 90/60 mmHG are considered hypotensive, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. In addition, keep an eye out for common symptoms of hypotension, including lightheadedness and dizziness, fainting, lack of concentration, nausea, fatigue, laziness, palpitations, and difficulty or slow breathing. (Here are signs you could have low blood pressure.)
While some cases of hypotension require medical intervention, there are many quick home remedies for low blood pressure you can try on your own. However, make sure to talk to your doctor first. “There are medications that can help treat low blood pressure,”says Joy Gelbman, MD, a cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian in New York City.
Here are 10 home remedies for low blood pressure you may not be aware of.
Ingest adequate amounts of salt
Our body needs to receive an adequate amount of salt daily in order to function properly, balance fluids and prevent hypotension. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average person probably already eats too much salt; you should try to consume no more than about 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. (These are signs you’re getting too much sodium.) If you exercise regularly or experience symptoms of hypotension, adjusting or increasing your salt intake might help (under physician supervision, of course). Sports drinks or medical-grade hydration powders such as DripDrop, which contain salt and potassium, are additional treatments for low blood pressure. “Low blood pressure is generally a good thing as long as it’s not too dramatic,” Dr. Gelbman says. “If you have low blood pressure, liberalize your salt intake a bit and always carry a salty snack.”