There’s lots of info on high blood pressure, but mine is low. Any ideas?

High blood pressure, with its cardiovascular risks, gets the press. It is also silent, with no noticeable symptoms. Low blood pressure (BP), however, makes its presence felt with dizziness, blurred vision, and fainting, especially when you stand suddenly.

Low BP – or hypotension – occurs when blood pressure during and after each heartbeat is lower than usual, meaning that the heart, brain and other parts of the body do not get enough blood. Causes range from drugs – especially anti-anxiety and heart meds, antidepressants, diuretics, and painkillers – to adrenal fatigue, long-term stress, or underactive thyroid. Slender people are most likely to have low BP.

It is actually an advantage, reducing your risk of stroke, but if it bothers you, try the following ideas to stabilise it. As BP often drops after eating a large meal, eat little and often instead. Add natural sea or Himalayan salt to meals. Eat protein at each meal, and cut carbohydrates. Dehydration worsens low BP, so avoid alcohol, and drink 2 litres of water daily. Nutritional supplements that support BP include: B-complex vitamins, plus extra vitamin B5 if adrenal fatigue is a problem; vitamin C and bioflavonoids to support blood vessel elasticity; Siberian ginseng for adrenal health; and ginkgo biloba, to improve blood flow to extremities.

Lynda Wharton is an acupuncturist and naturopath, and the author of Well-Being – an essential guide to vibrant good health for women (HarperCollins).