10 Natural Ways to Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has been associated with heart attack and stroke. Many people take medication to lower their blood pressure, but all medicines have a risk of side effects. Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to prevent high blood pressure, or lower it if it has crept up beyond the optimal level of 120/80. Try these and see what a difference they can make to your readings.
Every time you light up, you are raising your pressure. Another great reason to stop.
The heavier you are, the higher your blood pressure. One more good reason to slim down.
Watch your waist.
High blood pressure and diabetes has been associated with carrying too many pounds around your middle. So watch your waist.
Physical activity can keep blood pressure down long term and also help with your weight loss goals. So try walking, swimming and yoga. Weight lifting is another great tool. Movement is life. Keep moving!
Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. Therefore it has been associated with a range of illnesses, including diabetes, heart issues and even cancer. The one exception is 2 to 6 ounces of red wine per night for heart-healthy resveratrol but you can get this from grapes or grape juice too.
Steer clear of caffeine.
It can raise blood pressure significantly with each cup of coffee or soda. Also avoid sugary drinks with caffeine.
Deal with your stress.
Stress increases blood pressure. So adopt stress relief strategies like meditation, a warm bath, listen to music, and other things you enjoy that will help you relax each day
Steer clear of salt.
You may think you don’t eat a lot of salt because you never touch the shaker. But the truth is that if you don’t cook from scratch yourself and don’t read food labels, you are probably consuming far more salt (sodium) than your recommended daily allowance.
Discover the DASH diet.
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension (the clinical name for high blood pressure). It was developed to help lower blood pressure naturally through diet alone.
Monitor your blood pressure regularly.
If your pressure is high, consider investing in a home blood pressure monitor to help you keep track. So you can see if one or all of these strategies helps you lower your blood pressure.
Use 1 or more of these 10 tried and tested ways to lower your blood pressure naturally and see what a difference they can make to your health.