Natural Healthcare Center
What is dehydration?
Dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of body fluid. Symptoms generally become noticeable with mild dehydration which is the loss of 1- 2% of one's normal water volume.
What causes dehydration?
At Optimum Health, the main cause for dehydration is drinking less water than is needed. Your need is based on your size and the amount of sweating you do.
Can Dehydration Cause High Blood Pressure?
Absolutely. Think of cooking oatmeal with plenty of water in the pot. Once the oatmeal is cooked, you can turn the pot upside down and the oatmeal will run out of the pot. Why? Because gravity is strong enough to pull the oatmeal from the pot. If you put too little water in the pot when cooking the oatmeal, the oatmeal will not run out of the pot when you turn it upside down. Why? Because gravity is not strong enough to pull the thick oatmeal from the pot.
If the blood is too thick, gravity will not be strong enough to pull it down to your feet. Therefore, the muscles have to begin squeezing to push the blood down to your feet. Once these muscles squeeze, they increase the pressure inside the blood vessels causing increased or high blood pressure.
How Do I Know if Dehydration Really Can Lead to High Blood Pressure?
When I first heard Dr. Anstett explaining how dehydration leads to high blood pressure, I remember thinking, "This sounds good, but as my professor used to say, "There is nothing like an ugly little fact to mess up a perfectly beautiful theory". As if reading my mind, Dr. Anstett went on to explain that Chinese medicine represents the heart as wood that is burning. If a wood fire is burning too high (the heart working too hard) what do you do to slow it down? You put water on the fire. In the same way, you would drink more water to slow the burning of the wood or, in other words, lower the blood pressure.