So, you’ve found out that you have raised blood pressure. You do not need to worry. There are numerous ways to lower blood pressure naturally. Here’s a practical plan of action for natural blood pressure control —
Proven ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
1. Quit smoking – Tobacco stiffens the walls of blood vessels. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for Heart Attack, stroke, and Chronic airway disease. If you can’t stop cold turkey, ask your doctor for help in developing a plan.
2. Time to get Active – Person suffering from high blood pressure should normally walk for an average of at least 30 to 40 minutes a day. You don’t have to join a fitness club or start lifting weights, even reasonable walking is considered great. Ask a trainer to develop a plan that’s right for your needs. Exercise is a habit just like any other, once you get into the routine, you’ll get addicted to feeling great.
3. Keep a check on salt intake – You’ve probably heard this advice before, and it’s true, but not for everyone. Around 58% of people with high blood pressure are “salt sensitive.” If you are salt sensitive, it’s best to keep sodium intake to no more than 2,400 milligrams a day, or ideally under 1,500 mg a day. Fast foods and processed items are packed with sodium. If you maintain a “salt log” for a particular day, you’ll be amazed at just how much it is in our diets. You can easily exceed the entire days recommended amount in one fast food meal.
4. Consume Pottasium rich food items- Most people eat a sodium to potassium ratio of 2:1 – we eat twice as much sodium as we do potassium. The perfect ratio for blood pressure control is 1:5 – we should be consuming five times more potassium than sodium. Excellent dietary sources of potassium are avocado, apricots, cantaloupe, bananas, honeydew, lima beans, orange silk, potatoes, prunes, spinach, tomatoes, and squash. Another way to reduce sodium and get more potassium is by changing your table salt to potassium-salt products like ‘NoSalt’ and ‘NuSalt’ – both are available at most supermarkets.
5. Get Rid of Heavy Metals – Here we’re talking about cadmium, lead, and mercury – all of which are linked to hypertension or high blood pressure. For instance, if you live in an old house with lead pipes, you might have lead poisoning – which can impair internal organs and cause high blood pressure.
Are you a Smoker? Tobacco fumes contain cadmium. Some Dental Fillings may contain mercury. One can find out unhealthy levels of heavy metals in the body through a test called ‘hair mineral analysis.’
6. Maintain your target weight. Do you know what your ideal weight is? Most people don’t. Simple solution: ask your doctor. Extra weight makes your heart work overtime. In nearly all cases, high blood pressure is reduced or eliminated along with unwanted weight. Losing weight isn’t one size fits all as everyone is different. Ask your nutritionist to help you develop a custom plan that’s right for you.
7. Keep a check on refined carbohydrates (sugar) –Sugar is a key factor in atherosclerosis (a condition in which fatty material collects along the walls of the arteries). Sugar in meals causes spikes of the hormone insulin. Elevated insulin, in turn, is associated with increased triglycerides, cholesterol, higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and high blood pressure.
8. Watch your alcohol Intake. No more than one drink per day for women and two for men. An excess amount of alcohol is a leading cause of high blood pressure and arrhythmias (Irregular heart rate).
9. Avoid Caffeine. In some individuals, caffeine can cause a surge in blood pressure. It is a great idea to reduce the caffeinated drinks.
10. Eat fresh and healthy. Learn more about DASH Diet (DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). This diet is rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains and “low-fat, high-protein” food options. People who followed such diet in a clinical study had average blood pressure reductions of 11.4 systolic and 5.5 diastolic. You know the all too true old cliché: You are what you eat.
11. Get enough sleep –Emerging study proposes that sleep deprivation and high blood pressure are linked. Skip that last hour of late night TV instead wake refreshed and enjoy your day
12. Manage your stress – We live in a time when people are exposed to more stress than our bodies were designed to handle. Just like you wouldn’t skip a shower, or brushing your teeth, or not eat for a whole day, you need to make time every day for deep relaxation. TV time and surfing the internet don’t count – those are the potato chips of the relaxation world. Guided Breathing session, is one of the simplest, quickest and most powerful ways to get your daily portion of deep relaxation.
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