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By Dr. Beth Burch

low blood pressure, orthostatic hypotension.

Q.

I have low blood pressure. It is 116/60. Are there any vitamins I can take? What type of diet should I be on?

A.

The 116, which is your systolic blood pressure is actually quite normal. The 60, which is your diastolic blood pressure is at the low end of the normal range. Normal blood pressures are 100-130/60-90. You can feel fortunate that you don't have high blood pressure and the risk of stroke and heart attack that accompany it.

If you have symptoms of faintness, lightheadedness or blurry vision when you sit up or stand up, then you may have a condition called orthostatic hypotension, or low blood pressure on arising to an erect position. This is caused by an abnormal regulation of blood pressure and often results from various medications. It can also result from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, adrenal insufficiency and diseases that impair the sympathetic nervous system. If you are experiencing orthostatic hypotension, see your doctor for further evaluation.

To support a normal blood pressure, drink plenty of water, and vegetable and fruit juices, eat a high potassium diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, salt your food to taste and get regular exercise and take a good multiple vitamin mineral supplement daily to get all the necessary nutrients for health.

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