Understanding Low Blood Pressure
For as long as I can remember I’ve got dizzy and faint when I’d get up to quickly… Most of us have that feeling from time to time and it’s perfectly normal for the healthiest of people. It’s because the blood pressure drops suddenly as you move to a standing position. It lasts for just a few seconds because our bodies quickly compensate.
But what happens if your blood pressure is low all the time?
Have you ever had to drink a coffee to alleviate a head ache?
Low blood pressure, also called hypotension, is usually not a problem… People with low blood pressure are less prone to heart attacks. But there’s the case when blood pressure is critically low… Then you get massive headaches, muscle pains, you feel faint and dizzy, constantly tired. What’s more, it can lead to the failure of some organs and send you into shock.
What causes low hypotension?
There are many reasons, like infection, blood loss, some diseases, medication, but I believe the most common is dehydration. Usually, when our blood pressure is low it’s because we’re dehydrated and we don’t have enough water in our system so the volume of the blood drops, hence the pressure in our veins.
How is low blood pressure treated?
The treatment depends on the cause of hypotension. If it’s because of medication, the doctor should prescribe some other medication. But if it’s not serious and it’s caused by dehydration, which is usually the case, the kidneys fix the problem.
If the kidney produces less urine, more water stays in the body, thus the pressure rises. This is how the kidney fixes this problem all on its own.
If you’re feeling just a little faint…
What you can do is rehydrate yourself. Just drink more water to make up for the depleted fluids. And how about eating something salty to help you retain some fluids?
Other than that, some rest and a balanced diet should do the trick.
When I get a headache because of low blood pressure, I usually do some cardio for 10 minutes and it goes away. Sometimes a coffee will help, or better yet, black or green tea!