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High blood pressure is a recurrent problem in our society
According to the latest statistics, approximately 70 million adults or more are suffering from this condition in the US alone. Even though the affection is not lethal for the large majority, while it remains mostly mild for some, it does have a meaningful impact when referring to a large portion of the general population. The factors that usually tend to strengthen the affection’s impact are generally linked to age, medical condition, and even lifestyle choices.
What is even more dangerous about the condition, paradoxically I might add, is the fact that most of the patients immediately resource to pill prescriptions. They simply just jump over the other alternatives, going straight for the safer measures. But this opens the door for a lot of interesting and not so desirable outcomes because there is never a good idea to stuff yourself with pills whenever a problem occurs.
High blood pressure is something that could not only be avoided but even treated in some cases, using lifestyle approaches, before beginning to add pills to your “diet”. However, and we need to stress this aspect, these measures are only limited to the mild affection that does not pose any risk to one’s well-being. If your high blood pressure goes off the charts, you may want to seek immediate professional help.
But until then, as long as the affection is going fairly moderate above the healthy levels, there is no need to panic and you may want to try some alternative ways to keep it under control. From a medical stance, controlling the high blood pressure using natural means is healthier and safer than filling your organism with pills. So let’s start from there and see where that leads us.
Use meditation techniques
I know this sounds a bit awkward when it comes to high blood pressure, but there is an actual science behind the phenomenon. Meditation techniques always focus on controlling breathing and inducing a state of relaxation at the level of the brain. Interestingly enough, studies have shown that meditation could actually impact the high blood pressure and lower it significantly, especially when performed regularly, as a weekly routine. It also lowers the level of stress, one of the symptoms associated with the affection as well.
Aside from this, there are other benefits to be gained from it as well, like better sleeping sessions and an overall healthier mind and body.
Lose weight and exercise regularly
Not only that obesity is strongly related to high blood pressure, but the fact of being obese actually worsens the symptoms of the affection. An overweight individual will implicitly manifest a poorer circulatory system, weaker joints, and bone structure and an increased risk of heart affection because of these factors and many others.
Lose some weight, drop a few pounds and what’s the most important – add a few hours of exercises per week. The fact of resourcing to regular physical activity will decrease of symptoms of high blood pressure, will augment lung capacity and improve the circulatory system. It is a win-win situation.
Add these foods into your diet
How you eat is crucial in determining the impact of the affection in your life. Simply by regulating your diet will bring enormous benefits to your health, aside from lowering the symptoms of high blood pressure. There are certain foods that could actually keep you safe, improve the quality of your life and help you build a stronger and more active organism.
But today we will only be focusing on those proven to treat high blood pressure, but also to prevent the affection from ever occurring.
Several studies have found that consuming beetroot in one meal will reduce the high blood pressure by up to 10 mmHG shortly after the digestion. Doing the math, we find out that the risk of encountering a fatal stroke has been lowered by at least 28%. It is because of the content of nitrites that the beetroot has, which, when consumed uncooked, turns into nitric oxide in our bodies.
And unlike nitrites, which can become toxic when exposed to the high temperatures associated with cooking, these are actually beneficial, improving blood circulation considerably. Which means we need to eat more raw vegetables.
They contain omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium and these two alone are enough to fight off the high blood pressure, as well as improving the circulatory system considerably.
It stinks and the aroma persists long after the digestion has occurred. However, the benefits of eating garlic regularly are priceless. According to recent studies, eating garlic at least 2 times a week will reduce the risk of high blood pressure, but will also reduce the LDL cholesterol (the bad one) by up to 20%.
Even a more interesting fact: garlic was used for medicinal purposes by ancient civilizations, not as food, as we do nowadays. Keeps you thinking, right?
- Green tea
A Chinese remedy with extraordinary healing powers. The green tea contains polyphenols, one of them being catechin, extremely important in fighting against high blood pressure, because of the nitric oxide it produces in the body. Just as the beetroot does.
According to the specialists, this one seems to be one of the most potent remedies, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 30%.
Another important addition to your diet, one that should not miss under any circumstance. Aside from the fact that Kale is filled with vitamins and minerals, it also contains important nutrients that keep the high blood pressure under control. It has magnesium, vitamin C and potassium, the last one being known as treating high blood pressure problems quite effectively.
More precisely the dark one, with over 50% cocoa in its composition. The reason why you should choose this one instead of the regular chocolate is that the dark one contains more flavonoids, essential in dilating the blood vessels and actively fighting against high blood pressure.
- Almonds and cashews
Did you know that almost 70% of the adults in the US are magnesium deficient? Magnesium deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure problems and with complications associated with the affection, which keeps you thinking, especially when considering the fact that the number of those manifesting high blood pressure in the US is also 70% of the adults. Interesting, numbers, right?
You can remediate this problem quite easily, simply by introducing almonds and cashews in your diet. Think of them as if they were a snack. And eat them!
When you feel like you need some boost, you could always go for some magnesium supplements, additional omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D or acetyl-L-carnitine.
However, it the more severe cases, when the high blood pressure spirals out of control, you should seek medical attention, because this is not an affection to be played with.