They there are many causes for low blood pressure also known as hypertension. It could be certain medications that the person you’re caring for is taking extended bedrest particular heart conditions or other reasons. Whatever the reason there are a number of ways to increase blood pressure levels including medication and exercise. Dietary changes can also help to raise blood pressure. Small changes in diet can make a big impact to the health of the person you’re caring for. In this video we’ll look at foods to help improve blood pressure levels and give you some helpful tips on how to manage it. Drinking water has many health benefits. This extends to people with low blood pressure levels. As the increased fluids help to prevent dehydration as well as increased blood flow. To help the person you’re caring for drink more water have a portable refillable water bottle nearby at all times. It can be used both at home and places outside the home. You can add other drinks such as tomato juice and sports drinks that are high in sodium. When ingesting sodium rich foods And or fluids it causes your body to retain fluid since your kidneys can’t get rid of the sodium as quickly. Coffee and tea can also help increase blood pressure levels. But talk with their doctor first as caffeine can cause other health issues. While many people have to watch their salt intake because it raises blood pressure levels you may be able to increase the amount of salt used in the food the person you’re caring for is eating by using more table salt soy sauce and packaged seasonings. Many processed and prepared foods also often have high sodium levels. Be sure to check with their physician first. as too much sodium can lead to health problems including heart failure. As blood pressure levels often drop after eating the person you’re caring for you should eat small meals consisting of a variety of nutrient dense foods such as vegetables fruit whole grains and lean proteins like fish and chicken for example. Now that you’ve learned what to add to their diet let’s look at what to reduce or remove. The first is high carbohydrate foods such as pasta rice potatoes or bread. These foods are digested quickly which can lower blood pressure levels. The second is alcohol as it causes dehydration and also lowers blood pressure levels. Remember that low blood pressure can be managed with diet. With your help the person you’re caring for it can live a better healthier life. For more tips and strategies on blood pressure check out our care guide. Be sure to visit our Web site to see more from our channel.