Usually, when the topic of blood pressure is discussed, the high version (see http://echoflam.com/alternative-medicine-in-detroit/hypertension-controlled-without-drugs) is the focus. Less commonly are people, in general, concerned about its opposite, low blood pressure, or hypotension. The reasons for this disparity are, for the most part, because high blood pressure is a more serious health threat, being potentially lethal. Frequently this condition results in heart disease and strokes. Some physicians, in fact, will go so far as to tell patients with low blood pressure that they have no problem–that they will, because of this, never experience heart trouble!
The usual situation of those with this problem lies in the condition of postural, or orthostatic, hypotension, whereby a person faints when suddenly changing position from lying down, sitting or any other head-down attitude, to standing. The circulation simply doesn’t rise to the occasion, leaving the brain with a sudden shortage of oxygenated blood. While this may have been regarded back in the 19th Century as a fashionable swoon for young women and girls, it’s potentially dangerous. Suddenly falling down can cause a variety of injuries, including those fatal traumas in the head area. Persons working with machinery, driving, caring for others, or doing any other activity requiring skill and attention, should take care not to risk such an experience by standing slowly.
Hypotension can be the result of a variety of conditions, such as lack of food, blood loss, pregnancy, diabetes, heat stroke,, certain pharmaceuticals (especially analgesics), and hypothyroidism. One often-overlooked cause is adrenal exhaustion or insufficiency, which can precipitate subclinical hypothyroidism. In this event, nutritional therapy to correct that problem will generally result in regulation of the blood pressure. Foods to help with adrenal exhaustion are protein foods such as fish, lean meat, eggs, dairy products (low or fat-free, preferably), nuts and legumes. With non-adrenal related hypothyroidism, try foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and spinach. Natural substances that will help raise blood pressure are herbs such as hawthorn, rosemary or motherwort; foods high in Vitamins B1 (thiamine), like sunflower seeds, tuna, and beans or peas, and Vitamin E, such as soy, sunflower seeds again, almonds, Swiss chard and blueberries..
In the Detroit area, to find holistic help from clinical nutritionists for hypotension, hypothyroidism and/or adrenal exhaustion, you may consult any of the following practitioners at this website: