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Try these 7 expert-recommended natural ways to lower your blood pressure

Published on:15 August 2021, 09:00am IST
You can take active steps to lower your blood pressure and keep yourself healthy with these natural ways recommended by an expert.
Grand Master Akshar
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You can reduce your blood pressure in natural ways. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Detecting low and high blood pressure (BP) early is important. High or low BP can go undetected for years, however, a few symptoms include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds. 

With the help of yoga practices, combined with sensible eating, and reducing stress, you can manage low blood pressure or hypotension. 

Following are seven ways 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.

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Vrikshasana aka Tree pose.
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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. 

Also, read: A dietician recommends five foods to manage high blood pressure

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. 

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    Simple hand gestures can improve your blood pressure. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Pranayama

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.

6. Try to reduce stress

Stress is a major contributor to a number of lifestyle-related issues such as hypertension and hypotension. Spending some time each day doing stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga, can help manage low BP. 

7. Have regular meals and rest

Ensure that you are giving your body nutritious food through a well-balanced diet. Both exercise and rest are important to maintain good health.

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Have a proper meal on time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

When exercising or practising yoga, ensure that your form and posture are correct. For beginners, expert supervision will help get optimal results and prevent injuries. Also, certain inversion poses and backbends are not advisable for people dealing with hypertension or hypotension.

So ladies, try these techniques to manage low blood pressure, and course correct towards a healthy lifestyle!

Grand Master Akshar Grand Master Akshar

Grand Master Akshar is an internationally acclaimed Spiritual yogic master. He is the founder, chairman and course director of Akshar Yoga and president of World Yoga Organisation. He is also the President of the International Siddha Foundation.