Friday, March 26, 2010

12 ways to reduce hypotension symptoms

Apart from following a healthy eating plan, and eating smaller meals more often (which I have been covering this week), there are a few other things you can do to reduce the symptoms of low blood pressure.

I've already suggested increasing salt intake and avoiding alcohol and caffeine, but I haven't said anything specifically about water (and this applies to everyone, hypotensive or not) - drink more non-alcoholic liquids, preferably water.

Water forms between 60 and 80% of the total body mass. It forms 95% of blood plasma.
Water is a wonderful solvent, it dissolves vitamins and minerals ready for circulation by the blood.
Water is necessary for digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion.
Water transports metabollic waste products to the kidneys.
Water maintains body temperature.
Our bodies lose water all the time through perspiration, exhalation, excretion and ageing, and that water needs to be replaced.
So drink more water.

Take things slowly, especially when getting up from a lying position. Sit on the side of the bed and take a few deep breaths before standing. Sleeping with the head of your bed raised on bricks may help.

Regular exercise helps increase blood flow, but don't lift heavy weights.

Avoid hot showers and baths - use cooler water.

Rest after eating, and only take hypotensive medications after meals.

Get your doctor or pharmacist to re-evaluate your prescription and over-the-counter medications in case any of them has blood pressure lowering potential.

Flex your knees, ankles and feet frequently to encourage blood flow.

Put your feet up. A small box under your desk to rest your feet on is a good idea, and a footstool or ottoman in front of your favourite armchair.

If your job involves a lot of standing, move around as much as you can. When you have to stand still, stand with your feet apart and your weight equally balanced. Don't 'lock' your knees, keep them flexed.

Have a great weekend.

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