NATURAL WAYS TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Following are sixways to naturally manage low BP without the need for medication:
1. Yoga asanas
Easy to follow yoga asanas such as Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose), Malasana (Waste Evacuation Pose), Dandasana (Staff Pose), Samasthithi and Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) are beneficial for low blood pressure. These are beginner-level asanas and can be performed safely by anyone.
2. Consuming salt
Salt treats low blood pressure, as the sodium content naturally increases blood pressure levels. Drinking a glass of salt water can give an immediate boost to your blood pressure, but be mindful of not having it in excess.
3. Hydrate yourself
Drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day is perhaps the easiest way to manage low blood pressure related issues. Dehydration is a major cause of low blood pressure, and drinking water can help you hydrate, and regulate blood flow throughout the body.
4. Practice mudras
Mudras are known to help regulate blood flow throughout the body. Some prominent ones can help manage low BP:
- Apana Mudra: Fold middle and ring finger towards the thumb and bring your thumb closer to the folded fingers. Press the folded finger’s tip on the tip of the thumb. Keep the other two fingers straight. Now, place both hands over the knees with your palm facing upward.
- Prana Mudra: Join the tips of the ring and little finger with the tip of the thumb. All other fingers must be straight. This is practised using both hands.
Pranayama is a breathing technique, part of the yoga practice. It should be performed using slow speed breaths (Shanth Gati), and is useful for those with hypotension issues.