In previous parts you’ve learnt a whole lot about low blood pressure symptoms, their origins and quick fixes. If you missed it here is a summary
- Part 1 – hidden effects of low blood pressure
- Part 2 – morning dizziness
- Part 3 – immune connection
- Part 4 – nightly bathroom trips
- Part 5 – fainting threshold
- Part 6 – brain connection
The part below will be most interesting to women as it explains why low pressure symptoms have monthly menstruation-dependent pattern.
Low blood pressure symptoms in women
You must be a woman to experience the infamous pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) drudgery. PMS, although only experienced by women, is the least welcomed period by both females and males alike. During that time men run for their lives as otherwise kind women turn into dragons.
PMS is known for its special property. It is the time when digestive, hormonal, and cardiovascular problems come together to haunt their victims. This is the time for bloated stomach, breast engorgement, and heavy swollen legs. This is also the time for fatigue and low blood pressure symptoms.
PMS, hypoglycemia and bloat?
During PMS most symptoms of hypotension occur together with symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Hypoglycemia is a very common, although seldom recognized, phenomenon and does not have to involve diabetes . Hypoglycemia-hypotension symptoms are most pronounced during PMS because of hormone-sugar interdependence. A vicious cycle of crave-eat-bloat is a common examples of this interplay.
When blood sugar drops expect dizziness, coldness, weakness, and light-headedness, before meals and an hour or two after a sweet snack.
Dietary tips for symptoms of hypoglycemia
If low pressure and low sugar symptoms occur together the best way to deal with them is to be prepared. You will be much more successful in taming erratic blood sugar swings with a pre-planned idea rather than follow an impulse to grab coffee and a donut. Be aware that low pressure symptoms may disappear on their own when low blood sugar is dealt with.
Below are links that explain low blood sugar symptoms more thoroughly. Alternatively you can download Hypoglycemia Tips chart. The chart is meant to be posted on your fridge so you have a quick reference when needed.
- How to spot low blood sugar symptoms
- Hypoglycemia symptoms for beginners
- Simplified diet for hypoglycemia symptoms
- Dietary rules for hypoglycemia
- Warning signs in handwriting
Low blood pressure symptoms after menses
Feeling worn-out after menses is not a coincidence, because menstrual blood loss is a common cause for fatigue. There are two reasons for feeling more tired after the period. The first one is loss of blood volume, which translates to lower blood pressure. The second one is loss of iron, which means lower body oxygenation.
Low blood pressure symptoms can have especially negative effects in women with anemia and women with low nutrient stores. Feeling perky requires sufficient quantities of iron, vitamin B12, copper, folic acid, and other vitamins. Nutrient loss during menstruation can present the challenge as their rebuilding requires time, more then just three weeks between menses.
Women who feel dizzy, lightheaded, and exhausted after menstruation have a special task. They must focus on restoration of their vitamin and mineral stores. They have to eat high density foods and high-iron foods daily. Other remedial treatment will only work after nutrient stores are increased. Just remember low blood pressure symptoms do not magically disappear on their own. They have a cause and they need the right treatment.
Blood loss contributes to low pressure
Although an average woman loses only 3 tablespoons of blood during menstruation this apparently small amount can have a significant impact on woman’s well-being. These three tablespoons amass to half a liter in a year, which is more than a standard donation volume.
A pregnant woman faces yet another challenge. Not only she needs to supply extra volume for the fetus, but she is expecting to have a substantial volume loss during labor. An average labor costs a woman approximately 500ml (33 tablespoons) of blood. This is an equivalent to 10 menstruations. Such fluid loss can lead to post-partum depression and make it difficult to care for the baby.
If you have low blood pressure symptoms and planning pregnancy consider delaying it until your pressure falls within acceptable limits. To increase the pressure you may want to try our hormone boosting, adrenal fatigue diet. You can check the health of your adrenals with a specialized saliva test.
Hidden sources of blood loss
Since even a small blood loss can have a significant effect on blood pressure, it is worthwhile to scan the body for not so obvious blood loss sources. Menstruation and delivery of a baby are obvious examples, but what about that little red spot on the tissue when you blow your nose or wipe your bum? These few drops here and there add up. And what about bleeding that you don’t even think of like slight stomach irritation from anti-inflammatorydrugs, intestinal irritation from gluten, or bleeding gums from brushing. And don’t forget that blood thinning medication such as aspiring make bleeding and bruising much easier.
Food allergies? Possible!
And here is something you may have not considered as a possible source of low or fluctuating blood pressure: chronic inflammation. There has been lots said about gluten as a common intestinal irritant. Gluten can cause intestinal micro-bleeding, so can other hidden food allergies.
Hidden food allergies are only starting to be understood. Although testing has been around for several decades this class of allergies are still dismissed by many conventionally trained medical doctors. Yet hidden food allergies have been shown to affect not only digestive tract, but also the immune system as well as the heart.
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