High blood pressure-also known as hypertension is called the “the silent killer”. When your blood pressure rises, damages occur in your body. High blood pressure is when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted causing extra stress on the heart. Long term-high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and even diabetes. Medications as lot of side effects. However, if you are on medications, know that natural remedies can interfere with their function and work with your doctor at all times.
Some causes of high blood pressure include a high salt diet, emotional stress, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, obesity and inactivity.
Blood pressure ranges include:
· Normal: Less than 120/80
· Pre-hypertension: 120-139/80-89
· Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99
· Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above
Frequently, there are no symptoms as blood pressure increases but warning signs for very high blood pressure can include chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness, or vision changes.
Remedies For High Blood Pressure
Foods high in fiber such as vegetables, fruits, and seeds should be the basis of any healthy diet.
Limit your salt consumption.
Potassium rich foods counteracts the effect of sodium and helps lower blood pressure, like avocados and bananas.
Omega-3 rich foods like sardines, tuna, wild caught salmon, and flax/linseed seeds to reduce inflammation.
Dark chocolate that contains at least 200 mg of cocoa phenol which can reduce blood pressure.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid processed or canned foods as they are high in sodium.
High sugar consumption is connected to high blood pressure.
Too much caffeine can cause an increase in blood pressure.
Alcohol narrows arteries and can increase blood pressure.
Some Natural Remedies
Fish oil (1,000-2,000mg daily)
Magnesium (500 mg before bed)
CoQ10 (100-300 mg daily)
Garlic (600mg aged extract)
Tips to Help Reduce Blood Pressure
Get more sleep
Eat more fruits and vegetables