How to raise low blood pressure?
The blood pressure is the pressure of your blood on the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps it around your body. If your blood pressure is high (HBP or hypertension), this means that the force of your blood pushing against the blood vessels is too high. Your heart needs to do too much efforts to pump the blood around your body.
In contrast, if your blood pressure is low (also known as hypotension), the blood flow is inadequate and can’t circulate properly to the heart, brain and other vital organs. As a consequence, we receive less oxygen. According to the World Health Organisation, the ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.
Your blood pressure can vary depending on the time of day, your activity and how you are feeling. There are many possible causes of sudden blood pressure drops. Sometimes, a drop in blood pressure can occur when someone is rising from a lying position to a standing position, when someone stands for a long period, when a person didn’t eat anything, after a heavy physical exertion, after dehydration or when temperature are really high. With this sudden drop, you can experience the following symptoms: lightheadedness or dizziness, feeling sick, blurred vision, generally feeling weak, confusion or even fainting.
The risk of both low and high blood pressure normally increases with age due in part to normal changes during aging.
Here are some recommendations to raise low blood pressure and reduce symptoms:
- Eat more salt: if your blood pressure is low most of the time, increasing your sodium intake (in reasonable quantities) may help you to raise blood pressure.
- Drink water: by drinking water, your blood volume is increased and dehydration can be avoided.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages: drinking alcohol can lower blood pressure.
- Crossing your legs: study shows that crossing the legs may help increase blood pressure.
- Compression stockings may help reduce the amount of blood that get caught in the lower legs and feet.
- Medications: Several medications can be used to treat low blood pressure. Talk to your doctor.