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Low Blood Pressure Symptoms

Low Blood Pressure Symptoms

Low blood pressure is something that we often ignore, but can lead to disastrous consequences if left unchecked.

Also, referred to as hypo tension, a blood pressure reading that is below than 90/60 is classified as low blood pressure. However, like most of us, doing regular blood pressure checkups might not be on our to-do list which is why it is so important to be aware of the common symptoms and consult the doctor before it’s too late.

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Low Blood Pressure Symptoms

Given below are the most noticeable symptoms of what happens when there isn’t much blood flowing to your brain and vital organs.

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1. A feeling of light-headedness or dizziness
2. Blurred vision
3. Fainting
4. Palpitations
5. Unsteadiness
6. Nausea
7. General weakness

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Possible Causes of Low Blood Pressure

  • Age: Your chance of getting low blood pressure after eating or switching positions also increases with age.
  • Genes: Medical studies suggest it is genetic. If your parents are suffering from low blood pressure, then it’s best to be on your guard.
  • Dehydration: If you’ve lost a lot of fluid via excessive sweat, diarrhoea or even vomiting, there may be a low pressure episode.
  • Medication: Some medicines can also cause low blood pressure such as certain antidepressants, water tablets, alpha and beta blockers, etc.
  • Injury or Shock: If you’ve gone into shock or lost a huge amount of blood in a sudden and serious injury, your blood pressure is likely to go down.
  • Illness: Blood pressure can also be lowered via heart attacks, neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, diabetes, hormonal disorders, anemia.

Common Types of  Low Blood Pressure (and Tips!)

Also, as low blood pressure has plenty of causes, try keeping a record of the time and place of the attacks as well as what you were doing at that time. You may be quite surprised by the results. You may discover that the episodes usually occur after standing for long periods of time or after a heavy lunch or even after a sudden change of position.

  • Postural or Orthostatic Hypo tension: This can happen after exercise or if you suddenly stand up, and tends to affect people as they get older. So try to take life slowly and be very careful and wary of accidents.
  • Postprandial Hypo tension: If you’ve just eaten and facing an episode, then blame it on the low blood pressure. This also tends to occur among the elderly especially those already afflicted with diabetes, high blood pressure or Parkinson’s. Tip: eat a balanced diet, do not change your meal times and chew slowly.
  • Neutrally Mediated Hypo tension: This happens more commonly among kids and teens when they’ve been standing for long periods of time. Try revising your routine and if you’re prone to a sedentary lifestyle, it’s time to make some changes.

What To Do If You Display The Symptoms Of  Low Blood Pressure

If you display symptoms of low blood pressure, there’s nothing to panic. Visit a GP and work out the medicines and meanwhile try changing your lifestyle choices- eat healthy, exercise more, and instead of a sedentary life switch to a more active and holistic lifestyle.

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11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

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Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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