Green Smoothies and Medication

Since we’ve been on this raw diet with green smoothies, I found a really perplexing trend. I have high blood pressure, and with medication, my blood pressure has been normal. I assumed that being on green smoothies might mean I would need to change the dosage of my BP medication because I’d read that green smoothies lower blood pressure. Imagine my shock when I found that my BP had spiked to an unacceptably high number seemingly over night. What could possibly be wrong? Was it kale? Was it raw food? Was it the smoothie?  

I have always taken my blood pressure medication after breakfast and continued the same regimen after drinking my green smoothie at breakfast. For the first few days, I felt great, but gradually I noticed that my ears were ringing and I was having a hard time sleeping. I was also agitated and felt wound up. When I took my blood pressure out of curiosity, the numbers had spiked 65 points above normal. I’d thought at first there was something wrong with my BP machine, but the next day it was the same thing. Over the past two days, I’ve been trying to determine what the culprit has been, and finally, after talking with my daughter, she seems to have found the answer. She asked me when I was taking the medication, and I told her. She suggested that perhaps the smoothie was blocking absorption of the BP medication, and so just as with thyroid pills, the need may be to take it an hour before eating anything (including a smoothie).

This morning, I felt especially weird, and went back to bed after Steve left for work. I decided to do what my daughter suggested, and took the BP medication prior to eating anything. As I lay there, I could feel the body tension releasing, and normalcy returning. I took my BP, and it had dropped by 50 points to an acceptable level – close to my normal readings. So, I learned a valuable lesson. The smoothies are very powerful drinks. They are highly concentrated, and probably need to be given time for full digestion.

This situation brought up again the importance of being aware of our own bodies. Just because something may be the answer for someone else doesn’t mean that we can assume it will be right for us – or as in my case, that I could just go about my old regimen with this new food without thinking through what I was doing in relation to my medication. In the long run, my blood pressure might drop as a result of the new diet, but in the short-term, it hasn’t, and I need to take care not to make assumptions based on what happened to someone else.

Point taken! (KJ)

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4 Comments on “Green Smoothies and Medication”

  1. Thanks for that posting…lots of wisdom there!

  2. denise Says:

    thank you!!!!!!!! i take same medication….really appreciate the info. probably saved my life!

  3. Vestilla Says:

    I too started drinking smoothies( while on b/p meds.), and my blood pressure had become elevated,ears ringing and wierd feeling.I went on the internet to find some information about a possible connection, and came across your articial.I stop drinking smoothies; the next day my bloodpresurre return to normal readings. Thanks so much for the information.

  4. sofia777 Says:

    What I found out later from my doctor who prescribed a fast, was that at first when you go on raw food and smoothies, your blood pressure DOES go up…but then it drops. So this year, I did it differently, and no issues with the juice fast. In fact, my BP went WAY DOWN!!!

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