Putting a pinch of salt under the tongue when the person has symptoms of low blood pressure, such as dizziness, headache and feeling faint, does not help regulate the pressure, this is because the effect of salt on blood pressure is progressive and takes hours to happen. Initially, the salt will retain the body fluids and only then will it increase the volume of blood, fighting low pressure.
Thus, during a low blood pressure crisis, the most recommended is that the person is lying down and the legs are raised, as this way it is possible to favor the return of the blood to the heart, helping to improve the pressure more quickly.
Although salt intake helps to control low blood pressure, it is not necessary for people with low blood pressure to increase the amount of salt in their meals, because the amount of salt that is ingested in Brazil is around 12 grams per day, more than double that recommended by the World Health Organization, which is only 5 g daily.
What to do in the event of a low pressure crisis
What is recommended to do when the person has low blood pressure and feels that he is going to faint is to lay him on the floor leaving his legs higher than the rest of his body. Thus, the blood will flow more quickly to the heart and brain and the malaise will disappear in an instant.
In addition, drinking isotonic drinks, such as coconut water, for example, can also help regulate pressure, as these drinks help to regulate mineral levels in the body, helping to increase pressure more quickly. Coffee, black tea and a cracker can also be used during a low blood pressure crisis, as caffeine helps to stimulate digestion, which results in increased blood circulation, increasing heart rate and regulating pressure. See more details on what to do during the low pressure crisis.
How to regulate pressure naturally
People who have low blood pressure may suffer from high blood pressure in the future because they tend to consume more foods high in salt and sodium in their daily lives. Thus, it is recommended that the person who has low blood pressure consume only the 5 grams of salt and sodium indicated by the WHO, this means that:
- Do not add salt to ready meals, as in salads and soups, as it contains enough sodium;
- You should not have the salt shaker on the table to avoid excessive use of salt;
- Eat regularly, every 3 or 4 hours, avoiding prolonged periods of fasting;
- Although you can cook with salt you should also invest in aromatic herbs to add more flavor to your food. Know the best herbs and how to use them to season.
In addition, it is also recommended to avoid staying in very hot places, and under direct exposure of the sun on the street, on the beach or in the pool because this favors dehydration and consequently the pressure drop.
See in the following video how to make herbal salt to keep the pressure regulated:
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