If you are on High Blood Pressure Medication
Starting a Keto Diet with High Blood Pressure
So you have high blood pressure and you want to try a ketogenic 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 a low-carb diet 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) Mineral Balance
When starting a Nutrient-Dense Ketogenic Lifestyle, we often recommend getting extra fluid and minerals (Lyte Balance), especially during the first month. 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 LyteBalance if your blood pressure is well controlled, as it may increase blood pressure marginally for a small percentage of the population.
If your blood pressure is high despite medication you should not take extra salt or minerals. Doing so could raise the blood pressure even higher, and it is not wise to risk that.
Any side effects will usually pass within a few days anyway.