Does The Paleo Diet Cause Low Blood Pressure?

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A number of Paleo followers regularly send me emails regarding their low blood pressure levels that result from eating a low-carb, Paleo Diet. Specifically, people seem to worry that they may suffer from negative health consequences if their blood pressure drops too low.

Naturally, The Paleo Diet promotes low blood pressure in the human body by reducing cortisol, the stress hormone, and keeping sodium intake to a minimum by replacing processed, salt-laden foods with real, whole foods. Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet does not induce orthostatic hypertension, or consistently lower normal blood pressure levels.

Tips to help you maintain a healthy blood pressure level while following The Paleo Diet:

Stay Hydrated

    • Make sure to consume adequate amounts of water throughout the day. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels. If you are working or spending a large amount of time outdoors, grab a water bottle on the way out.

Increase Sodium Intake

    • Moderation is key, but adding a small amount of natural sea salt as a seasoning to your meals may be beneficial, especially if you are consuming a strict salt-free Paleo diet.

Maintain an Electrolyte Balance

Cut It Out

  • Beet juice and licorice have been linked to raising blood pressure in individuals with orthostatic hypertension.

Case in point: The primary source of blood pressure problems is more often than not due to increased inflammation in the arterial linings from following a SAD diet (Standard American Diet). Consuming a nutrient-dense Paleo Diet should stabilize your blood pressure levels over time.

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

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“9” Comments

  1. I believe you meant to say “orthostatic HYPOtension” which is a condition where the blood pressure falls when one rises to an upright position. And that beetroot juice has been shown to LOWER blood pressure because the nitrates contained within it are converted to NO, a potent vasodilator.
    Anyone who has concerns about orthostatic hypotension should consult a cardiologist or neurologist as it can be a symptom of treatable autonomic nervous system disorders such as POTS. The dietary needs of these patients are obviously very different from those with high blood pressure.

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  6. Hello there, I had low blood pressure on my last medical check up. And I think it was because of the Paleo Diet. I was on it for 5 months. 🙂

    • My Dr told me there is no s uich thing as Low Blood Pressure. The lower the bette3r. Except w hen y ou feel faint upon standing up. Then add a little more salt to your diet or have a glass of tea and y our pressure will go up.

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