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7 Common Causes Of Low Blood Pressure

7 Common Causes Of Low Blood Pressure

Lots of people have a naturally low blood pressure due to a healthy, active lifestyle. However, a healthy lifestyle isn’t the only cause of low blood pressure – and sometimes low blood pressure can mean that there isn’t enough blood flowing to your organs, including the brain. This can result in symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, heart palpitations, feeling sick and general overall weakness.

This can be caused by various factors such as your stress levels, how much exercise you do and if you’ve recently eaten. It can also be affected by the time of day, as blood pressure is normally lower in the evenings and mornings.

If your blood pressure is still low after these factors have been taken into account, it could mean that your low blood pressure is being caused by something much more serious. Here are 7 common causes of low blood pressure.

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Common Causes Of Low Blood Pressure

1. Dehydration

Dehydration is one of the main causes of low blood pressure, and even mild dehydration can cause you to feel faint and weak. You could be dehydrated due to not drinking enough water, or excessive vomiting, sweating or diarrhoea.

2. Hormone Problems

Hormone problems can also cause low blood pressure, such as Addison’s disease or diabetes. Addison’s disease causes the immune system to attack the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that control your blood pressure. Diabetes affects the normal control of your body’s blood pressure which can cause damage to the nerves that supply the blood vessels, leading to low blood pressure.

3. Heart Problems

Heart conditions, such as a heart attack or heart disease, can cause low blood pressure as the heart struggles to pump blood around the body.

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4. An Allergic Reaction

Low blood pressure can also be caused by a serious allergic reaction such as anaphylactic shock. This is because an allergic reaction causes your body to produce a large amount of histamine, which widens your blood vessels and causes your blood pressure to drop. These reactions are normally caused by an allergy to food, medication, animals, insects or latex.

5. Endocrine Problems

Thyroid conditions such as parathyroid disease and hypoglycaemia can cause low blood pressure. This is why a large number of undiagnosed thyroid patients have low blood pressure, causing them to feel faint and weak.

6. Nutritional Deficiencies

If you aren’t getting enough nutrients you may have problems with low blood pressure. This is normally caused by a lack of folate and vitamin B-12, as they help your body to produce red blood cells. If you aren’t getting enough of these vitamins your body won’t produce enough red blood cells, which causes low blood pressure.

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7. Anaemia

Anaemia can also cause low blood pressure, as there isn’t enough hemoglobin or red blood cells in your body.

Tips To Help With Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure can be frustrating, but there are lots of things that you can do to reduce the symptoms of low blood pressure.

Try to avoid standing up for a long time, as it is likely to may you feel dizzy and faint. When you do stand up make sure that you stand up gradually, especially if you have been sat or laid down for a long time. You can also try to increase your heart rate before standing up with physical movement by crossing and uncrossing your legs.

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Try to eat lots of small meals instead of three big meals, as it will help to prevent postprandial hypotension (a form of low blood pressure). It can also be useful to avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night as they can dehydrate you.

However, it is important to speak to your doctor about your low blood pressure before attempting to treat it. If your low blood pressure is caused by a health condition your doctor may refer you to a hospital for further tests.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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