Lower your blood pressure naturally, no medications, no complications, by staying on the right side of health.
Although medicine is a useful resource, making lifestyle changes will last (and lengthen) a lifetime.
Not only does exercise reduce stress (which by itself can raise your blood pressure…)it has a lot of other benefits.
It increases the amount of oxygen your body gets
It strengthens your heart muscle (just like any other muscle you work out), which is a way to lower your blood pressure
2. Drink alcohol in moderation:
If you don’t already drink, don’t start. But, if you like a glass of wine daily or once in a while, try red wine.
Certain substances in red wine, like flavonoids which are antioxidants found in plants, as well as a substance called “Resveratrol” (a type of natural phenol) may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.
- There is caffeine in coffee, tea, and soft drinks and it can increase blood pressure by narrowing the blood vessels.
- If you already have issues with high blood pressure, adding caffeine can raise it even higher.
4. Learn to relax:
- Try listening to soft music
- Learn and practice deep breathing techniques daily
- A good warm bath can also help drain away stress from your day and it’s another way to lower your blood pressure naturally.
Finding ways to cope with stress can help you control not only your blood pressure but a bunch of other health concerns.
Some people are sensitive to salt, and the sodium raises their blood pressure.
When trying to cut down on your sources of sodium, don’t just look in the salt shaker…it’s in everything these days!
- Processed foods, including “healthy” frozen meals, snacks, even some bread, are loaded with sodium which is used as a preservative.
The average person has at least two or three times their daily need for sodium daily.
6. Eat Foods High In Potassium:
- Sodium and potassium work together in the body. The levels are balanced to keep your electrolytes in check.
- Eating more foods with potassium can counteract too much sodium. Try bananas, cantaloupe, potatoes, beans, and raisins.
If you have high blood pressure, your physician may prescribe medications to help bring it down. In order for them to work, you must take them daily and exactly as directed.
Keep your heart strong