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POTS: How Salt Affects Your Blood Pressure

You know when something is wrong with your body.

Even if your doctor reassures you.

Even when he or she checks your chronically low blood pressure, pats your head, and sends you out the door with an “everything is just fine.”

Brain fog, fatigue, dizziness, and chills all tell you different.

So, what’s really going on?

Consider your diet: Are you craving salt? If you are, you may be having difficulty holding on to sodium. A major part of table salt is sodium chloride.

Your chronically low blood pressure signals an inadequate amount of blood flow through your blood vessels. Too often, these symptoms are ignored, unless the dizziness actually causes you to faint or collapse.

Low blood pressure, also known as orthostatic hypotension, is the opposite of “hypertension” or high blood pressure, which is what most people fear because it contributes to heart attack and stroke.

Low blood pressure is equally bad, and includes an assortment of problems like anemia, heart disease, adrenal insufficiency, Addison’s disease, neurological dysfunction, and autoimmune conditions.

A key, and often overlooked, cause of low blood pressure is POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). It would be a great idea to have yourself evaluated for this condition. Florinef (fludrocortisone), a prescription drug, is an excellent help is POTS is your condition.

To identify whether your issue is a POTS issue, ask yourself several questions:

  • Is my pulse slow or my blood pressure low?
  • Does my heart quicken upon standing?
  • Am I generally weak or fatigued?
  • Is frequent dizziness or lightheadedness a problem?
  • Do I crave salt?
  • Do I have to rise slowly to avoid passing out?

Most physicians will be able test you easily for POTS.

Why should you get tested? Because research indicates that POTS has been linked to brain atrophy, congestive heart failure, fractures, and anesthesia intolerance.

This is something to look out for: Your body’s mineral status could be seriously out of balance.

Read the full article here: POTS: How Salt Affects Your Blood Pressure