Hypotension: causes, symptoms and natural treatment
Although momentary hypotension does not present an imminent danger to health, we must maintain our attention if it persists over time, because there is a slight risk of heart attack. Unless it is an extreme case that requires medication, it is okay to just fix it with proper diet and a few tips that we will discuss in this article.
What is hypotension?
Low blood pressure is a systolic blood pressure below 90 mmHg (the higher of the two when you take blood pressure)
Orthostatic hypotension (drop in blood pressure after getting up quickly): It is caused by a sudden change in body position (usually when getting up) or by excessive heat. This type of hypotension is quite common in the elderly.
Postprandial hypotension (drop in pressure that occurs naturally after each meal. The blood indeed flows to the digestive system to allow the nutrients to be assimilated).
Hypotension is only considered a problem when it is accompanied by discomfort: weakness, dizziness or even fainting.
As the vessels dilate, the blood does not reach the brain with enough force and the body "passes out" to fall to the ground and thus ensure adequate irrigation. This is why it is necessary to treat it as soon as possible. However, fading only occurs when the voltage drop is very sudden.
Fatigue, dizziness, feeling unwell are sometimes signs of low blood pressure: what is called hypotension. Most often called orthostatic, because related to the standing position, it’s not dangerous and nothing abnormal. But if it is accompanied by discomfort, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Low blood pressure (that is, blood pressure below 9 for the first digit) is usually accompanied by no symptoms. But during episodes of slightly more pronounced orthostatic hypotension, certain disorders can appear:
Fleeting visual disorder (black veil or glare)
Sensation of heat in the head
General malaise with progressive decrease in muscle tone but without loss of consciousness.
Very brief and sudden loss of consciousness (syncope).
Good news all the same: having a low blood pressure would be an asset and a guarantee of longevity because the vessels are less under pressure and age less quickly.
Natural treatment for hypotension
In general and depending on the origin of the hypotension, the treatment can vary:
External factors; If it is a voltage drop caused by a specific situation, the situations that triggered it should be avoided. For example, people who tend to have low blood pressure should avoid standing for many hours, getting up quickly, or being exposed to intense heat.
Medicines: If it is a drug that causes hypotension, it is necessary to consult the professional who treats us to take the appropriate measures and withdraw it if necessary.
Mild hypotension: A person who usually suffers from hypotension is tired and sleepy. She can use tips and home remedies, as well as dietary changes, to regulate and avoid as much as possible (we'll talk about that now)
Severe hypotension: Severe hypotension that may have been caused by major conditions may require medication to avoid serious heart problems.
GENERAL TIPS FOR HYPOTENSION
Avoid excessive heat
Don't stay up long
Get up slowly if you are lying or sitting
Drink lots of fluids
Lie down and lift your feet above the level of the heart
Wear compression stockings
Take showers or fresh water baths to stimulate circulation. Check out our home hydrotherapy reports for health and how to use the shower to improve health.
MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR HYPOTENSION
Here are some of the herbal remedies indicated for hypotension:
Ginseng: Ginseng is particularly indicated in the case of hypotension because of its tonic and adaptogenic effect which stimulates the central nervous system. It also has a cardiac tonic effect and regulates blood sugar (remember that diabetes is linked to hypotension). Make a decoction of root of 1g in 250cc and boil for 3 minutes. Take one cup a day in the morning.
Hawthorn: This plant is particularly suitable for regulating the heart rate and preventing mild heart failure. Take one teaspoon of the plant per cup of water three times a day.
Rosemary: One of the greatest virtues of rosemary is to "cheer up". Rosemary stimulates the nervous system and has a tonic effect, perfect for people suffering from apathy, drowsiness or fatigue. Take a teaspoon of rosemary per cup of water, make an infusion and drink one in the morning and another at noon. You can also boost the mood simply by inhaling the rosemary essential oil deeply.
Ginkgo biloba. It is another of the herbs indicated for heart failure and for regulating heart rate. Take one teaspoon of dessert per brewed cup, twice a day
SUPPLEMENTS FOR HYPOTENSION
Royal jelly: Royal jelly has a tonic and stimulating effect, in addition to having many other medicinal and nutritional properties. Better to be unprocessed and organic jelly. Take half a teaspoon of dessert a day (a small ball the size of a chickpea).
Yeast: It is a rich nutritional nutrient, the main property of which is the large quantity of group B vitamins it contains. B vitamins are particularly useful in hypotension because they strengthen the heart and participate in many chemical processes in the body in general. Take a tablespoon a day by including it in your meals or diluted in a glass of water.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is closely linked to heart's health, stimulates circulation and works closely with the cardiovascular system. Recommended to take 400IU (consult a therapist).
Omega 3 fatty acids: The essential fatty acids of the Omega 3 family are particularly beneficial for heart"s health.
During hypotension, pour 2 drops of peppermint essential oil under the tongue, twice a day.
Not suitable for pregnant women. Please note that there are restrictions for children under 6 and pregnant women. Imperatively to see the precautions for use of any essential oil before use.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PLAN
Diet is important for our health and therefore for the development and recovery of disease. Eating well first involves knowledge and commitment later. But far from being a nuisance, eating healthy is a real pleasure for the body.
Find out how to follow a healthy diet in our reports where we tell you everything you need to know. After a healthy diet, we provide the body with the nutrients it needs, thereby promoting the functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
How to prepare a healthy and balanced diet
Basic problems with eating well
OTHER HYPOTENSION TIPS
In addition to introducing changes in the diet, it is also decisive for health to introduce healthy habits that definitely contribute to our general well-being, to the health of the heart, circulation and the rest of the body:
Exercise: Sport is good for general health and it is just as good for people with hypotension. Indeed, practicing a sport activity improves blood circulation. However, not all sports are created equal by hypotension. In fact, you should give priority to exercises that stimulate the cardiovascular system. This includes any type of sport requiring moderate effort. It is also necessary to privilege the exercises which mobilize all the groups of muscles at the same time. It can be walking, hiking, swimming or gymnastics.
Rest: Resting well at night is essential for the heart and other organs to perform their functions properly.
Techniques: Certain techniques such as yoga or meditation help us to control emotions, which are closely linked to heart health. Yoga exercises nourish muscles and help the blood to circulate better throughout the body. Do you sometimes experience a drop in blood pressure and are you looking for a solution to overcome it? Bring your yoga accessories.
Therapies: Certain alternative therapies such as reflexology, acupuncture, massage or Bach flowers can help us improve our mood, make us feel more energetic and face life with a more beneficial perspective.