positivelinny -- i really don't think my numbers warrant medication. occasionally i go into the 90s, but sometimes i'm as high as 120. don't freak me out! i have hypochondriacal tendencies.
coach_k -- that is comforting to hear. i think i've heard that from docs in the past, but i forget. i'm pretty good about checking it frequently, using those drugstore machines. it makes me proud. so silly!
however, i am trying to moderate my sodium intake because it does seem to impede weight loss. and it always works out that the days i eat my highest sodium intake (weekends at restaurant meals) are the same days i find it hard to get enough water in my system.
Hi, I have had low blood pressure all my life. It has been consistent at 90/60. I am constantly told to cut back on my salt. But when I do, I get 'White Out Spells'... like being hit in the head with a white board. My bp went up to 96/ 72 while I was up to 180 lbs...miserable marriage. I have since lost 25 lbs and my bp is back down. The doctor told me when I was a child to eat salt and it would raise my bp...... but it has not. I have become quite the connoisseur of salt, trying all kinds. I have found that Sea Salt is the sweetest... weird huh? but I am 55 and doing great... Everybody and Every Body is different, and so are the requirements needed to function. I think it is wrong to generalize everyone when salt is concerned. I even got mad when MR Salty Pretzels cut down on their salt. I believe that it should be MY option to cut down on the salt or not... I did not give them my OK to cut my salt intake. They lost me as a consumer.... You buy something because you like the taste, and when they alter it, they alter the consumer's buying and eating habits... With OUT our permission. They should have made a low sodium version, instead of dropping the salt on the best pretzel around. (getting off soap box now...)
I too have low blood pressure, usually around 100/60, but can go down to even high 80's. we don't know why this is. i get extremely lightheaded when i have a few low sodium meals. my doctor told me to increase my sodium and water intake. i now eat a lot more sodium, and i find myself drinking a lot of electrolyte drinks. i dont feel comfortable eating all this salt as it weakens the heart,but if i limit it, i am at risk of passing out. check in w/ your doctor like i did and get some an input (:
You shouldn't try to avoid salt. It's people with HIGH blood-pressure who need to be careful about salt. Extra salt is often recommended for people with low blood-pressure because it helps raise your numbers to a healthier level. Of course that doesn't mean you should eat salt by the tablespoon either. Going too far either way is not a good idea.
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