8 Simple Ways to Fight Hypertension Naturally
If you can’t remember the last time you checked your blood pressure, you’re long overdue. As a leading cause of heart attack, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, high blood pressure has no symptoms. So checking your blood pressure regularly is extremely important to prevent those dangers before they happen.
Short-term increases in blood pressure are considered normal. When you’re physically active, excited or nervous, for example, your blood pressure naturally rises, as it does when you first wake up. Stress and illness can also cause blood-pressure spikes. Yet once those events pass, blood-pressure readings commonly return to safe, healthy levels. When they don’t, or if you consistently get high blood-pressure readings when you’re at rest, you should immediately speak with your doctor, but know your options before you walk in.
Many doctors continue prescribing expensive drugs when those drugs are proven to come with a wide range of toxic and potentially lethal side effects. Yet more and more doctors recognize and recommend the proven effectiveness of diet, fitness and the right nutritional supplements to control blood pressure without the risk of side effects caused by prescription drugs.
Here are eight easy tips you can use today to help naturally lower and control blood pressure:
A good fitness routine helps maintain a healthy blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day to keep your heart healthy and blood pressure in check. You can take a light jog, go for a nice walk, swim or do anything that’s active and enjoyable. Exercise is good medicine.
2. Eat well
To prevent and control hypertension, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends the DASH diet, a nutritional plan that emphasizes regular consumption of fish, poultry, whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, beans and low-fat dairy. For more info about lowering blood pressure through diet, check out 11 Foods Proven to Lower Blood Pressure.
3. Reduce your salt intake
As a big contributor to hypertension, salt (a.k.a. sodium) causes your body to retain water, which raises blood pressure. Unfortunately, controlling your daily salt intake means more than putting down the salt shaker or switching to a low-sodium substitute. Roughly 80% of the salt that Americans consume daily comes from prepared grocery-store foods. So when you’re shopping, keep a low-sodium diet in the front of your brain. Buy unsalted vegetables, use other spices to season foods and avoid processed foods.
4. Find your target weight
The more weight you gain, the higher your blood pressure becomes. To maintain a healthy blood pressure, you need to maintain a healthy weight. In recent studies by the National Institutes of Health, overweight adults who slimmed down experienced significant decreases in blood pressure.
5. Choose the right nutritional supplements
The big pharmaceutical companies may conveniently choose to ignore the facts, but the right daily nutrients have been shown time and again to help lower and control blood pressure as effectively or better than dangerous drugs.
6. Drink responsibly
In addition to increasing blood pressure, alcohol can cause unwanted weight gain and harm your liver and kidneys. Limiting your alcohol consumption helps limit your risk of health issues. You don’t have to cut out alcohol entirely. Just limit happy hour to an hour, rather than several.
7. Stress less
As a physical reaction to a perceived threat, stress and anxiety can lead to dangerously high blood pressure from a cascade of adrenaline and cortisol hormone imbalances. When you relax, hormone levels and blood pressure typically return to normal. Yet chronic stress can cause sustained high blood pressure. So consider any stress or anxiety you may have and work on soothing the problem. Your blood pressure will thank you.
8. Make a plan
Include doctors and other medical professionals when making plans to naturally lower and control blood pressure and become a healthier version of you. And if your doctor recommends drugs to control hypertension, carefully research all the hidden side-effect risks before you think about filling any prescription. Always put your health first.
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