High blood pressure as you recall is a “silent killer” that is affecting millions of people worldwide, including many Belizeans everyday. In this article, we are going to be looking at ways to treat and alleviate this life threatening disease by using simple natural remedies and implementing basic lifestyle changes.
Natural Remedies – An alternative
The past few years have produced an avalanche of new drugs for lowering blood pressure. They may produce prompt results – the quick fix that people love. But a closer look at hypertension medications reveals some disturbing facts. The drugs do not cure high blood pressure; they only manage it. In some cases the medications need to be taken for life, and they may have many unpleasant side effects.
Both patients and physicians are increasingly dissatisfied with the drug approach to the treatment of high blood pressure. However, it is important to note that people currently taking blood pressure medications should be careful not to change doses or stop medicines on their own.
A number of major scientific studies have shown that a comprehensive lifestyle approach to hypertension can give superior results without the potential of distressing side effects. Most cases can be reversed in a matter of weeks without drugs, by making simple diet and lifestyle changes and using some simple natural remedies.
Let’s first take a look, at 7 natural remedies. Most of these herbs can be obtained at your local market while others may have to be purchased at a nearby health food store.
1. Steam two plugs of garlic, small onion diced up and two stalks of celery in warm water and eat every morning and evening. These contain GABA, gamma-amino butyric acid, which reduces blood pressure and helps strengthen the heart muscles.
2. A pinch of cayenne pepper in a little warm water, drank 30 minutes before meals has proven to be an excellent vasodilator that helps to reduces high blood pressure.
3. Valerian root has valepotriates that can cause the lowering of high blood pressure. Make a tea out of the root and drink morning and evening.
4. Make a tea from either the seed or herb of yellow dock as it helps to lower high blood pressure as well.
5. Hawthorn extract can dilate (widen) blood vessels, especially the coronary arteries. Make a tea from 1 tsp of the dried hawthorn herbs, per cup of boiling water, drink up to 2 cups daily.
6. Mix two parts each of chamomile and peppermint. Combine with 1 part each of fennel, anise, and caraway. Steep 1 tsp in 1⁄2 cup boiling – hot water. Take 1 – 11⁄2 cups daily, in mouthful doses.
7. Drink unsweetened lemon/lime juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning and last thing at night before residing to bed. This will help cleanse the blood, thereby enhancing better circulation and consequently lowering blood pressure. In addition, drink lots of water throughout the day.
7 Simple Lifestyle Changes
Below are 7 simple lifestyle changes that have been proven in lowering high blood pressure.
1. Reduce weight: When the weight goes down the blood pressure usually follows.
2. Reduce salt intake: A large percentage of people can find relief with just this one simple measure. But getting salt intake down to safer levels requires an understanding of where salt is found. Banning the salt shaker is a step in the right direction, but by itself it is not enough. This accounts for only 25 percent of our sodium intake. The real culprits are the processed and fast foods we eat. These account for 75 percent of our salt intake. Be sure to read the labels when purchasing processed foods. It has been estimated that literally millions of people with mild hypertension could normalize their blood pressure simply by cutting their total salt intake to about 2 grams a day (one level teaspoon).
3. Stop smoking: Healthier blood pressure levels are just one of many benefits associated with not smoking.
4. Avoid alcohol and caffeine: Eliminating alcohol, coffee, and cola drinks from the diet will tend to lower blood pressure and do the body a favor in several other areas as well.
5. Reduce intake of high -fat food: A diet very low in fat, yet high in fiber lowers the blood pressure about 10 percent, even without weight loss or salt restriction. Eat an abundance of natural foods like whole grain products, salads, beans, and fresh fruit. These foods are all naturally, low in salt as well as fat and high in fiber.
6. Increase Physical activity: Physical exercise is known to lower blood pressure and is indispensable in weight control. Thirty to 60 minutes of exercise daily, such as brisk walking or cycling in the open air is ideal.
7. Reducing Stress: Stress reduction is also essential. Simply following all the elements of a healthy lifestyle enhances one’s ability to deal with life’s stressors.
A healthy body and mind will give you the upper hand in coping with the stresses you face. For example, research shows that regular physical exercise is one of the simplest and most effective means of stress relief. Exercise helps to dissipate the tension, stress, and depression, which are so often associated with elevated blood pressure.
While tranquilizers are the best solution some have to offer for stress, personal trust in God is the only real and effective solution to bring peace to individuals living in a world filled with anxiety, stress and fear.
God’s word offers wonderful help to those who come to Him with the cares and stresses of life.
With these few simple changes in lifestyle, you have an excellent chance of reducing your blood pressure to a healthy level and keeping it there.
Finally, remember, health is a matter of lifestyle.
“Heredity may load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
Lifestyle is a choice and the choice is yours! Choose wisely.