If you are trying to discover how to lower blood pressure, and are interested in the natural ways that people can successfully regulate blood pressure, then this article should help clarify some of the steps that can make a difference.
However, before we go into the methods that can be employed to lower blood pressure, it is important to clarify an important point. If a person has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and been prescribed medication, then it is vital to follow though with the prescription, or at least speak to a doctor to before you go ahead and make any changes.
It is estimated that about 50% of people who are prescribed hypertension medication do not follow the prescription as instructed, either coming off the medication or being confused about what to take.
This may be because high blood pressure normally shows either mild or no symptoms, unless it is severe, which also goes to explain why it is believed that about a third of the people with hypertension go undiagnosed as they are not aware that they have the condition.
The highest recorded number of malignant hypertension cases come from those that do not follow medication as prescribed, either due to a rebound effect or through the continued escalation of the condition. Malignant hypertension is when the blood pressure is very high, and there is a very high risk of damage being caused to the body.
Work in partnership with your doctor if prescribed medications. They should understand, or be able to establish the risk of any complications that may arise.
Relieving high blood pressure, when done naturally can be for some the best approach, particularly if they have adverse reactions to hypertension medication drugs. It is also an approach that can be integrated into a persons lifestyle and therefore have an ongoing preventative action to reduce the risk of future hypertension.
The increase in cases of hypertension, particularly over the last twenty years has been linked to the increased consumption of diets that are high in sodium/ salt, high in processed foods, and high in fat. There is also a link to the increasing number of people carrying out sedentary jobs and increased stress and anxiety that seems to becoming more prevalent. Also, lifestyle habits like smoking and excessive drinking and taking recreational drugs have had an additional impact on the ever-increasing numbers.
Having a diet that has a high salt/ sodium content will encourage the body to retain water, and so increase the amount of blood the heart has to pump. This adds strain to the heart, but also increases blood pressure.
Many processed foods are high in sodium/ salt as its used as a flavouring and also a preservative. Labels should always be checked for content.
Instead of adding salt to foods for flavour, try adding garlic and cayenne pepper. Garlic in particular has been identified as a natural food that can help reduce high blood pressure.
Increase the amount of fiber in the diet by increasing the volume of fruits and vegetables eaten. Fruits and vegetables should replace the higher fat foods and as they are rich in potassium and magnesium (minerals that may help reduce high blood pressure) they are good additions to any diet.
When cooking, steam rather than boil or roast, as this will ensure that the levels of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals as well as the fiber that your body needs will remain high.
Aim for 5 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables each day. The best way of ensuring that you are getting the right amount for each serving is by placing you hand into a fist and each serving should be about the same size as your fist.
There are many other natural ways to reduce blood pressure, including the use of specific herbs, exercise, changes to lifestyle and additional changes to diet that can make a marked improvement to blood pressure levels.
When researching how to lower blood pressure effectively, it is worth making sure the information you get is applicable to your personal situation. However, it is useful to note many of the natural approaches adopted by people with high blood pressure can be introduced alongside any medication a person may have been prescribed and will only amplify the beneficial effects. Talk to your doctor about any changes you plan on making.
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