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Coconut Water

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

 

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside immature coconuts. As the coconut matures, the water is replaced by coconut meat.

Coconut water is sometimes referred to as green coconut water because the immature coconuts are green in color.

Coconut water is different than coconut milk. Coconut milk is produced from an emulsion of the grated meat of a mature coconut.

Coconut water is commonly used as a beverage and as a solution for treating dehydration related to diarrhea or exercise. It is also tried for high blood pressure.

How does it work?

Coconut water is rich in carbohydrates and electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium. Because of this electrolyte composition, there is a lot of interest in using coconut water to treat and prevent dehydration. But some experts suggest that the electrolyte composition in coconut water is not adequate to be used as a rehydration solution.

Insufficient Evidence for:

1.Diarrhea-related dehydration. Some research shows that consuming coconut water can help prevent dehydration in children with mild diarrhea. But there is no reliable evidence that it is any more effective than other beverages for this use.

2.Exercise-related dehydration. Some athletes use coconut water to replace fluids after exercise. Coconut water seems to help rehydrate after exercise, but it does not appear to be more effective than sports drinks or plain water.

3.High blood pressure. Some research suggests that drinking coconut water might lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Coconut water is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when consumed as a drink. There are no known serious side effects.

Coconut water is POSSIBLY SAFE for children.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of coconut water during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

High blood pressure: Coconut water might lower blood pressure. It can increase the effects of medications used to lower blood pressure. Discuss your use of coconut water with your healthcare provider if you have blood pressure problems.

Surgery: Coconut water might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using coconut water at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

What Are the Treatments for Low Blood Pressure?

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

 

For many people, chronic low blood pressure can be effectively treated with diet and lifestyle changes.

Depending on the cause of your symptoms, your doctor may tell you to increase your blood pressure by making these simple changes:

1.Eat a diet higher in salt.
2.Drink lots of nonalcoholic fluids.
3.Drink more fluids during hot weather and while sick with a viral illness, such as a cold or the flu.
4.Have your doctor evaluate your prescription and over-the-counter medications to see if any of them are causing your symptoms.
5.Get regular exercise to promote blood flow.
6.Be careful when rising from lying down or sitting. To help improve circulation, pump your feet and ankles a few times before standing up. Then proceed slowly. When getting out of bed, sit upright on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before standing.
7.Elevate the head of your bed at night by placing bricks or blocks under the head of bed.
8.Avoid heavy lifting.
9.Avoid straining while on the toilet.
10.Avoid prolonged exposure to hot water, such as hot showers and spas. If you get dizzy, sit down. It may be helpful to keep a chair or stool in the shower in case you need to sit; to help prevent injury, use a nonslip chair or stool designed for use in showers and bath tubs.
11.To avoid problems with low blood pressure and lessen episodes of dizziness after meals, try eating smaller, more frequent meals. Cut back on carbohydrates. Rest after eating. Avoid taking drugs to lower blood pressure before meals.
12.If needed, use elastic support (compression) stockings that cover the calf and thigh. These may help restrict blood flow to the legs, thus keeping more blood in the upper body.

Best Remedies For Low Blood Pressure

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is the pressure of the blood in the arteries. It occurs when the pressure of the blood is abnormally low. Blood pressure is typically recorded as the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (time between two beats). A consistent blood pressure reading of 90/60 mm Hg or lower is considered low blood pressure. People with low BP may experience symptoms of dizziness or syncope (fainting) as the blood flow to the brain and other vital organs becomes insufficient.

Low blood pressure is not always a sign of a problem. But if you have symptoms of low blood pressure, then your doctor can diagnose the condition and uncover the cause. Symptoms may include: lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, unusual thirst, or fatigue. Symptoms of dizziness and lightheadedness when you stand up from sitting or lying down with a decrease in your blood pressure may indicate a condition called postural hypotension. A wide range of underlying conditions may also cause your symptoms. It’s important to identify the cause of low blood pressure so appropriate treatment can be given.

Depending on the cause of your symptoms, your doctor may counsel you to increase your blood pressure by making these simple changes:

* Eat a diet higher in salt.

* Drink lots of nonalcoholic fluids

* Limit alcoholic beverages.

* Drink more fluids during hot weather and while sick with a viral illness, such as a cold or the flu.

* Have your doctor evaluate your prescription and over-the-counter medications to identify any that may be causing your symptoms.

* Get regular exercise to promote blood flow.

* Be careful when rising from lying down or sitting. To help improve circulation, pump your feet and ankles a few times before standing up. Then proceed slowly. When getting out of bed, sit upright on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before standing.

* Elevate the head of your bed at night by placing bricks or blocks under the head of bed.