Natural remedies for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension can put extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Over time this additional strain can increase your risk of heart complications. High blood pressure doesn’t always show signs and symptoms, it’s good practice to have your blood pressure measured regularly. High blood pressure, or hypertension, will be indicated if your blood pressure readings are consistently 140 over 90, or higher, over a number of weeks. Below are many natural remedies for high blood pressure for you to try and aim to introduce into your lifestyle.
here at Fresh Start boot camp, Chiang Mai we certainly promote the general health and wellbeing of exercise. Along with diet exercise should really be number one on your list to address. The heart is a muscle, and it will grow stronger with exercise. It becomes easier to pump blood and takes less effort, keeping your heart in better condition and lowering how much force it exerts on your arteries, thus lowering blood pressure. A pleasant side effect of exercise is weight loss, which also does your heart and arteries a great favour.
Weight loss to help reduce high blood pressure is less about going on a diet and more about changing your lifestyle. Being overweight puts extra strain on your heart, increasing the risk for developing high blood pressure and damage to your blood vessels that can lead to serious health threats. Gradually increase your level of physical activity and lower the number of calories you take in over a healthy diet to watch your blood pressure fall.
Coconut water is found inside the shell of green, unripe coconuts that retains its natural benefits in organic and raw form. It contains potassium and magnesium, both of which relate to regular muscle function, and of course, the heart is a big giant muscle. Coconut water properties reduce systolic blood pressure, or the force that takes place when the heart pumps blood away from it.
Stop the Salt
Salt, or its chemical component sodium I should say is a main contributor to high BP. Too much sodium disrupts the balance of fluid in the body, the higher volume of fluids results in the heart working harder to pump the blood and flush the body, increasing your blood pressure. Processed foods is our number one contributor to a high salt diet, extraordinary and unnecessary volumes of salt are used in processed foods, eating a lot of processed food can quickly increase your salt intake to an unhealthy number. Stay away from the microwave meals and try to cook yourself; your own regular table salt isn’t a patch on what they add to foods in factories.
Melons in the Morning
The trusted watermelon can help lower blood pressure, an organic compound called citrullineis found here and once ingested this leads to the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide encourages your body to widen blood vessels, which lowers vascular resistance ultimately lowering blood pressure. The wider opening will allow blood to flow smoothly and easily, lowering pressure.
Get your Garlic
Garlic is rich in beneficial properties that address hypertension. Although be aware of Allicin, this compound responsible for many of garlic’s health benefits, doesn’t mix well in the human body when eaten raw. A tablet form of Allicin can ensure you have a release of the beneficial compound significant enough to lower blood pressure. Studies have suggested 1.8 milligrams per dose lowered blood pressure by 10% within 12 weeks.
Fish Oil, Oily Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are found in oily fish and some plant foods. This can help lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. Omega-3 fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are important in preventing and managing heart disease and lowering blood pressure.
Cardamom Tea for Two
Cardamom tea combined with ginger and cinnamon, both warming spices that improve circulation can make a lovely tea to help your heart get healthy and lower its pressure. Black tea also improves blood pressure in some instances most likely due to a concentration of flavonoid, but a top tip is to manage your caffeine intake as this could do more harm than good.
Caffeine drinks that boost your caffeine intake can result in an increase in blood pressure. However if you already suffer with high blood pressure then high caffeine intake can have an even greater negative effect on your blood pressure than someone with a regular pressure. Green tea has been found in some studies to reduce blood pressure, my favourite!
Mind & Body
Yoga, meditation, stretching, and mindfulness have been found to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, and can be used as part of an intervention plan to combat high blood pressure. Mind-body interventions should be used as a system of relaxation and exercise, introducing this into your daily routine as part of your healthier lifestyle can significantly help to improve the wellbeing of your mind and body.
The one you have all been waiting for, Chocolate!
Eating dark chocolate in small quantities, high in cocoa, enhanced with flavanols can lower blood pressure in some people with high blood pressure. However, chocolate contains caffeine and as suggested above large amounts of this can affect blood pressure. Although studies do suggest that chocolate can affect the nitric oxide system resulting in vasodilation and lower blood pressure