Why does my blood pressure go up and down?
When you say that your blood pressure goes up and down, are you talking about major fluctuations or minor ones? Minor fluctuations are really common and occur in almost everyone. Anything under 140/90 is generally considered safe in terms of blood pressure. If you have a 140/90 blood pressure more than once in a seven day period that is not a result of a specific activity or behavior, then you might have high blood pressure. If you are over the age of 60, then your blood pressure will tend to be higher and anything below 150/90 is considered normal for that age range. If your blood pressure ever reaches 180/120 or higher than you need to call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room immediately.
You blood pressure might be higher in general if you are an African American, 55 years of age or older, overweight, have a family history of heart disease, have a family history of high blood pressure, or have a family history of diabetes. Drinking alcohol, smoking, eating foods with a high amount of sodium, using drugs of any kind, taking cough medications, taking decongestant medications such as Sudafed, taking antihistamines such as Benadryl, and taking NSAID's such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin can also raise your blood pressure.
In terms of your blood pressure being lower than normal, this can occur when your body has been at rest for an extended period of time and your circulation has slowed down, when you are dehydrated, when you don't drink enough water, when you first wake up from a nap, when you first wake up in the morning, or after eating foods that have been known to lower blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is only slightly elevated and you don't want to go on blood pressure medications, I recommend trying COQ10, preferably with Bioperine in it. This over the counter supplement takes about 4 weeks to get into your system, but once it has, you will usually start to see a difference in your blood pressure by a minimum of 7-10 points. It lowers mine on average 15-28 points on a regular basis and has kept me off of prescription blood pressure medications (which I have been on in the past).
Mar 23, 2017 |
Health & Beauty