Over one third of Americans have hypertension. All those people think they need to be put on medication to get their blood pressure back to normal. You probably know someone first hand either in your family, at work or in your circle of friends.
According to the Washington Post, The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and several other groups have redefined the level of high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80 which is down from 140 over 90. This is the first change in fourteen years and it means that 46 percent of adults in the U.S. with many of them under the age of 45, will now be considered hypertensive. (1)
With these new guidelines, they will create stages of elevation, both Stage 1 and 2. Our normal blood pressure readings will still be considered 120 over 80. The guidelines also allow doctors recommend lifestyle changes for those found to have elevated blood pressure.
For some people, medication is the only way to get their blood pressure into normal ranges. However, for others, there are natural remedies for lowering blood pressure.
One of the best ways if not the best way, is exercise. I know, many do not want to hear that, right?! Exercise is a wonderful remedy for a huge number of ailments. For people that are overweight, have high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Here is the good news! You don’t have to hit the gym seven days a week, or workout so hard you almost pass out. All it takes is a brisk walk for 20 to 30 minutes a day. All you have to do is just get your heart pumping and you are on your way. Some days work a little harder and break that sweat.
Another remedy is cutting out fatty foods. Try to stop eating at fast food restaurants; those are the worst places to go if you are trying to get healthy. There have been several documentaries on PBS and Netflix about what fast food can do to your body and your blood pressure.
Salt, cut it out all together. That’s right. There are other things out there to add flavor to your food. Stop eating fried food, fried chicken, fried pork chops, fried fish; it’s all bad for you. If you still want to eat those kinds of food, well, you can. Just bake, broil or grill it. If you still want that fried food, I am a big proponent of moderation.
One of the hardest things I had to do is cut back on my sodas. It’s true, look on the back of the labels of the next drink you have. You would be amazed at the high level of sodium that goes into each serving.
I know the alternative for soda doesn’t sound too appealing; however water is the best alternative for you. Water does not do the damage that soda does and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. It will make a world of difference in the way you feel as well.
Eat plenty of fruit, people, apples, watermelon, grapes, you name it. It is good for you. Try to eat grapes as a snack instead of pigging out with candy and potato chips. They taste just as good and it’s a whole lot cheaper and so much better for you.
A restful night’s sleep is another natural way to lower blood pressure. Several ways to ensure a good night’s sleep is to set the right temperature. A lower room temperature helps to decrease your body’s internal thermometer and initiating sleepiness to help you stay comfortable throughout the night.
I know all these remedies may be tougher to do than I make it out to be. However, you have to take that first step. I would not recommend trying to cut everything out all at one time. I would take one step one week, then another in a couple of weeks and so on and so on.
It is your life and you are the only one that can determine if you want to do this. The best preventative measure to lower blood pressure is a healthy lifestyle. If you decide to go with these natural remedies for hypertension or high blood pressure, your body will thank you for it, and so will the people who love you.