Health tips: 10 ways to prevent low blood pressure
Simple and easy ways to combat low blood pressure, such as drinking enough fluids and avoiding hot weather.
Blood pressure readings determine the force your blood has on the vessel walls caused during the process of your heart beating. Hypotension is another word for low blood pressure. In a person with low blood pressure, this measurement is less than normal, meaning the blood has too little force on the vessel walls, and can cause vital organs, such as the brain and heart, to have too little blood flow. Patients with low blood pressure complain of feeling faint, woozy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
There are several causes of low blood pressure. Some drugs cause low blood pressure. For example, patients taking blood pressure medication for high blood pressure (hypertension) may experience low blood pressure. Other blood pressure medications work by increasing the width of blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure. However, causing hypotension because of high blood pressure medication is a rare occurrence with the newest drugs for hypertension. Some blood pressure medications are diuretics and work by eliminating fluid from the body, thus decreasing the volume of blood present in the body. Other drugs commonly associated with this condition are anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, diuretics, and alcohol.
Patients experiencing dehydration may experience low blood pressure. Some people may experience low blood pressure when abruptly standing up after sitting or resting. This is known as orthostatic hypotension, which occurs because too much blood collects or pools in the veins of the lower body too quickly for the blood vessels to adapt to the change. This happens simply because of gravity. Another example of hypotension occurs after eating a heavy meal. Both causes of hypotension are more common among the elderly because of normal changes that occur in aging.
Certain heart conditions, such as congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and arrhythmias can cause hypotension. Severe bleeding or dehydration due to vomiting, severe sweating and urination, and diarrhea, can also induce low blood pressure. Conditions that can damage nerve endings, such as diabetes and spinal cord injuries, can affect how the body regulates blood vessel width leading to low blood pressure.
So, how can you prevent low blood pressure? 1. Drink lots of fluids to maintain blood volume and avoid dehydration. This is especially important during physical exertion or heat exposure. These conditions may bring about excessive sweating, causing a loss in body fluids. In addition, these conditions may cause the body's temperature to rise. When this occurs, blood vessels respond by enlarging. This causes a drop in blood pressure. 2. If you are suffering from diarrhea or severe vomiting, make sure to drink lots of fluids to keep your body hydrated. 3. Avoid overly hot showers or baths, which can cause the body's temperature to rise. 4. After resting or sitting, stand up slowly and carefully to help your body to adjust to the pull of gravity. 5. Make sure to get enough sleep. Fatigue is also a contributing factor in hypotension, especially orthostatic hypotension. 6. Eat small meals. Eating heavy meals can play a role in hypotension, since the digestion process requires more blood in the digestive tract. So, rather then eating three large meals eat many small meals to help the digestive system. 7. Avoid alcohol. 8. Avoid standing for long periods of time. 9. Some experts recommend wearing stockings, which may help decrease the accumulation of blood in the lower limbs, which occurs when abruptly standing. 10. If you have just begun a new medication, such as an anti-depressant, and have noticed lately that you feel faint or lightheaded upon standing, talk to your doctor. Some medications cause low blood pressure.
Find out how you can dry and keep your own flowers fresh from your garden by reading this article.
Have you ever stuck a flower, like a corsage from a wedding or other special occasion that you wanted to keep, in between the pages of a thick book? After awhile, when you open the book again, the flower is dried, brown in color now, and flat. This is called pressing flowers. While being pressed, the flowers dry out too. Over time, the flower will deteriorate and become hardly recognizable. This was once a popular way for people to preserve, so to speak, flowers of every sort. Nowadays drying flowers has become an art form. Dried flower arrangements can be seen in a lot of homes and businesses: they don't take much care and they stay looking nice for a long time to come.
To dry flowers, you must first choose some fresh ones. (This is the probably the easiest method of drying flowers.) The freshest will be out of your own garden, of course, picked when they are free from wetness from the rain or dew. Cut the flowers when they are still fresh--don't wait until they have bloomed or they won't preserve well. Be sure to cut off at least four or five inches of the stem along with the flower that you want to preserve so you will have a way of hanging each one.
Flowers need a good place to air dry. The best place to hang them will usually be in a closet that is warm, dry, and out of the sunlight.THe clothes rod in a closet,minus the clothes, of course, is an excellant place to hang the flowers from. If you need more space, if you have alot of flowers to dry, then you can hang additional rods from the existing one.
Now, carefully, tie the flower stems together in small bundles. Separate the flowers one from the other as much as possible so each one gets sufficient space to air dry.Hang each bundle of flowers upside down, by their stems,from the rods you have set up in the closet. Hanging them this way keeps the flowers and leaves in an upward position as they dry. This way, they won't look droopy and old. Leave the flowers undisturbed in the closet for about a week or so. You can then check on their progress. How long it will take for your flowers to dry will depend on the humidity in the closet as well as the condition of the flowers, etc. To finish preserving your flowers, you can purchase a special spray at your local craft store.It is much simpler just to mist each dried flower with regular hair spray.Hair spray works just as well, and it costs a lot less too. Be sure to let each flower dry well after spraying them before you place them in an arrangement or use them however you choose. Remember to handle the flowers with care throughout the drying process, and especially now that you have your finished products.
Dried flowers make beautiful arrangements. You can also dry some greenery to put with them in an attractive flower pot or vase. The possibilities are simply endless!
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