Low Blood Pressure Reading:

What It Means, What is its Cause? What Can You Do?

Low blood pressure readings, or hypotension, has numerous causes. The solution in many cases is simply using the water cures protocol.

Low Blood Pressure Readings

The blood in your arteries has two pressures it works at. One measurement is the split second when the heart is at rest. One is the pressure when the heart is pumping. This high and low occurs with each beat of the heart.

The high number we hear when we are told our blood pressure is the systolic pressure. The pressure when the heart is at rest is called diastolic.

The ideal blood pressure, depending on the expert you speak to is 120 / 80 to 115 / 75.

Blood pressure varies during the day and night. For most, it is lower during the hours of sleep. It is higher when you are awake. Certain factors can increase your blood pressure, like having your blood pressure taken. An elevated blood pressure from your blood pressure being taken is called white coat hypertension.

Low Blood Pressure Reading: How Low is Too Low?

Why and how your blood pressure readings get low is the concern.

Blood pressure is considered low if either of the numbers, the systolic or diastolic is less than the norm of 115 / 75. Only one of the numbers has to be lower to be considered low blood pressure. Sometimes it can be low for good reasons and sometimes it can be low for bad reasons.

Athletes and even those who exercise regularly often have lower blood pressure readings as well as slower heart rates than people who are less fit. Nonsmokers and people who maintain a normal weight also tend to have lower blood pressure.

Like our fingerprints, we each react to low blood pressure differently. For most people, low blood pressure is only considered a problem by doctors if it results in symptoms that affect your quality of life.

So, if it is your norm and it does not affect your life, it is not likely you need worry about it.

However, if your blood pressure drops suddenly to a low blood pressure, you will be affected and it can even be dangerous. A drop in the numbers of 20 can cause dizziness and you may even faint. This is because the brain is not getting enough blood to function optimally.

If the drop exceeds 20, it can be life threatening. Our kidneys need a normalized blood pressure to function. If it drops too much, they may fail. Sudden drops could be caused by excessive bleeding, severe infections and even allergic reactions.

But in some rare instances, low blood pressure can be a sign of serious, even life-threatening disorders.

Causes of Low Blood Pressure Readings

Low blood pressure can be caused by disease, conditions, what we eat or fail to eat and medications.

Conditions Causing Low Blood Pressure Readings


The first and most important cause is chronic and unintentional dehydration. When the two oceans of water inside our body become lower than necessary for optimal function, low blood pressure can result. This can cause weakness, dizziness, mental fog and fatigue.

Dehydration can be caused by diarrhea, fever, vomiting, using diuretics and over-exercise or working in extreme heat with out proper rehydration.

When dehydration becomes sever, hypovolemic shock can result. When there is very low blood pressure readings or an extreme drop in blood pressure, there is not enough oxygen to get to the necessary organs in the body and not enough fluid to keep the kidneys functioning. Death can result soon after if not corrected.

Related to dehydration is electrolyte imbalance. Simply not having enough salt in our body can result in low blood pressure because of low blood volume.

In the field of nursing, the dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are combined into one diagnoses, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, less than bodies needs. Research is showing all kinds of problems happen when we do not have enough water, salt or other essential minerals. Interestingly, some conditions, such as pre-ventricular contractions (PVC's) have been eliminated simply by taking calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Low Sodium or hyponatremia can cause low blood pressure.

Lack of essential nutrients in your diet like vitamins B-12, folate (B-9) can result in anemia or a lack of red blood cells, which results in low blood pressure.

Solution: If this is the reason, following the Water Cures Protocol could help.

Anemia caused by cancer, injury and loosing blood and internal bleeding can result in low blood pressure. There are two kinds, one where you do not have enough red blood cells and another where you do not have enough fluid to circulate the blood.

Severe Infections or septicemia result when infections enter the bloodstream can result in septic shock, a life threatening condition.

Heart Conditions such as low heart rate (bradycardia), disease affecting the valves can result in low blood pressure. Heart failure can result in lower blood pressure.

Endocrine Conditions such as over active thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) and Addision's disease which is adrenal insufficiency can cause low blood pressure. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and sometimes diabetes, can cause low blood pressure.

Severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction resulting in the airways tightening up making breathing difficult. Anaphylaxis can be caused by foods, some medications, insect venom and even latex. In addition to anaphylaxis, the reaction can cause hives, itching and a drop in blood pressure.

Medications can cause low blood pressure. These include...

  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Alpha blockers
  • Beta blockers
  • Parkinson's drugs
  • Certain antidepressants (tricyclic antidepressants)
  • Viagra, especially if nitroglycerine is taken for chest pain
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