Just about everyone knows having high blood pressure is never a good thing. It raises your risk of suffering a heart attack or heart disease, among other health risks. Most people believe the lower their blood pressure is, the better. Now, low pressure is often quite beneficial for the individual. Unfortunately, it is a serious issue if it starts causing symptoms like light-headedness, dizziness, or even fainting. If this is the case for you, our best recommendation is to consult a doctor. With that said, here are some simple changes in your diet you may want to consider with your doctor to help regular your blood pressure.
Drink Water, Not Alcohol
Yes, beer, wine, coolers, cider, mixed drinks, and anything else with alcohol in it likely tastes quite good to you. However, it can actually make your blood pressure quite low, even if you only drink it in moderation. This is because alcohol actually dehydrates you, which is why you often wake up with a headache. Instead of reaching for an alcoholic beverage, try drinking more water or another hydrating fluid.
Consume More Salt
But shouldn’t you be regulating your salt intake? Yes, you should not be consuming excessive amounts of salt, but another way of increasing your blood pressure is to consume more salt than you currently are. Look at your current diet. Are you always choosing low sodium alternatives to products (e.g. Old El Paso Taco Seasoning)? Consider switching to the regular versions of some of these products. If you never sprinkle salt on your food, consider doing so in moderation for the next little while. Alternatively, you can combine the previous tip with this one and consume sports drinks with electrolytes every so often (especially in the warmer months). These have sodium in them, intended to replace what you would lose during a workout.
Take Shorter Baths and Showers
Just about everyone loves to take a hot shower or soak in a hot bath. Both are great ways of unwinding after a long day. However, if you have low blood pressure, you should limit the length of your hot baths and showers. This is because the heat can actually increase your dizziness or speed up its appearance, and if you fall in the shower, you could injure yourself. If you do not want to reduce the length of your shower, try turning the temperature down. If things are bad enough, you may want to train yourself to take cold showers most of the time.
Eat Smaller Meals More Often
Did you know your blood pressure can drop quite dramatically shortly after a large meal? To stop this sharp drop while maintaining a healthy diet, eat smaller meals more frequently throughout your day. Instead of eating just three times a day, aim for about five meals and split your regular food intake into five small portions.