Home remedies for low blood pressure

People with an ideal weight and who are physically fit and active generally have a blood pressure reading lower than what is considered normal at 120/80 mm Hg. Yet, this is not unhealthy, especially when the symptoms are not experienced. However, when readings consistently remain around 90/60 mm Hg or lower, it is considered hypotension. Besides, when the blood pressure is extremely low, it may cause inadequate flow of blood to organs such as the brain, kidneys and heart. The condition can be caused by issues like dehydration, prolonged bed rest, nutritional deficiencies and a decrease in blood volume, heart problems, pregnancy, endocrine disorders and neurological conditions.

How to treat or help manage hypotension:

Salt water: Salt water helps treat low blood pressure because the sodium in salt increases blood pressure. Do not overdo this remedy though as excess salt can prove to be unhealthy. Simply mix one half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and drink it. You can also drink sports beverages.

Coffee: Having a cup of strong coffee, hot chocolate, cola or any caffeinated beverage can also temporarily increase your blood pressure. If you frequently suffer from low blood pressure, drink a cup of coffee in the morning or have it with meals, especially when dealing with orthostatic hypotension. However, do not make it a habit because the long-term effects of caffeine are not clear.

Raisins: Raisins are a traditional Ayurvedic remedy that is considered excellent for treating hypotension naturally.
• Soak 30 to 40 raisins in a cup of water overnight.
• Eat them in the morning, one at a time, on an empty stomach. You can also drink the water in which the raisins were soaked.
• Follow this remedy for a few weeks or even a month.
You can take about four to five almonds, 10 to 15 blackcurrants and 15 to 20 peanuts with a glass of milk.

Holy basil: Is beneficial for low blood pressure because it is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and pantothenic acid. Furthermore, it helps balance the mind and reduces stress.
• Extract the juice of 10 to 15 basil leaves.
• Add one teaspoon of honey to the juice.
• Drink this juice daily on an empty stomach.
You can also chew four to five basil leaves daily in the morning.
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