Getting started on low carb with high blood pressure
So you have high blood pressure and you want to try a low-carb diet? Congratulations! It may be the most effective thing for lowering your blood pressure naturally. In some cases it may even normalize your blood pressure completely.
However, there are two minor potential problems.
1. Blood pressure medication
If you’re on blood pressure medication and start a low-carb diet there’s a risk of getting low blood pressure. You may relatively quickly become too healthy for your medication.
This blood pressure lowering effect on low carb can happen within days, but it may also take months or even a year to reach full effect.
If you feel weak, tired, dizzy etc. you should check your blood pressure. If it’s low, e.g. below 120/80, you should contact your doctor to discuss lowering or stopping your medication.
2. Salt and bouillon
During the low-carb challenge we recommend getting extra salt in the form of bouillon – every day during the first two weeks. The reason is to minimize early side effects that can otherwise be troublesome during the first week on low carb, e.g. headache.
You should only take this bouillon if your blood pressure is well controlled, as it may increase blood pressure marginally. If your blood pressure is high despite medication you should not use the bouillon.
Any side effects will usually pass within a few days anyway.
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