Stress itself can make BP go up, but often it is diet related. You can correct both these causes. Your blood volume is trying to expand, so you need plenty of water. But when you don't get enough of the proper nutrients in your diet, the fluid leaks out into the surrounding tissues. Often docs are not taught much about nutrition in medical school, many midwives (but sadly, not all) are better versed on good nutrition. w/o knowing what your diet is like, I cannot tell which nutrients you personally may be lacking. However some that are low in the SAD are magnesium, potassium, Vit D, calcium, & sometimes even sodium! Celery, cukes, melons & Hawthorn berrys are all great for lowering BP. Starches, sugars & fats all make it go up. Prayer, yoga, meditation, visualization, listening to soothing classical music, and relaxing herbal teas, like "sleepytime", camomile, & mint all tend to de-stress you.
at 11:18 AM on Nov. 24, 2010