Fighting High Blood Pressure Naturally
New guidelines regarding high blood pressure have recently been released, and the new highs are lower than ever…if you consistently have readings higher than 130/80 you are considered to have high blood pressure. Previous to this new guideline the tipping point was 140/80 with the normal range (which hasn’t changed) being 120/80. This means that millions more Americans will be diagnosed with Hypertension or High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure, put simply, occurs when the pressure of your blood as it flows through the arteries is higher than it should be. It isn’t a condition to be ignored or taken lightly, it can increase your risk of:
- chronic kidney disease
- coronary artery disease
- peripheral vascular disease
- heart failure
High Blood Pressure symptoms you may experience are:
- chronic headaches
- problems with vision
- chest pain
- irregular heartbeat
- difficulty breathing
- confusion and/or fatigue
- blood in your urine
- throbbing in areas like your neck, chest, temples, ears and sides of the head
- flushing of the face
- bloody noses
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- blood spots on your eyes
Treatment of Hypertension
Typically when someone is diagnosed with Hypertension, they are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, which most likely come with unwanted side effects, that can be as much a problem as the high blood pressure itself. Because of this and a resurgence of the use natural remedies, more and more people are looking for natural ways to bring their their high blood pressure numbers down.
- Because blood pressure increases as weight increases…try losing weight. It is one of the most effective things you can do to lower your numbers.
- Don’t lose weight using fad diets…eat a healthy diet. If you have poor eating habits, it may be difficult to change those habits, but it’s a great way to not only lose weight but to lower your blood pressure.
- Regular exercise or physical activity can help lower your numbers significantly.
- Lower your sodium intake, which will significantly reduce your blood pressure,
- Choose foods that are lower in sodium by reading the labels.
- Eat more fresh foods and fewer processed foods.
- Rather than adding salt to the food on your plate, add herbs and spices to add flavor.
- Be patient…it may take a while for your taste buds to learn to do without so much salt.
- Cut back on alcoholic and caffeinated drinks. Both can play a big part in elevated blood pressure.
- Stop smoking! This is a healthy thing to do for so many reasons, but is especially beneficial for having normal blood pressure readings.
- Reduce the stress in your life…stress is a high contributor to Hypertension. In today’s busy world, stress is everywhere, and hard to eliminate. Because it’s difficult to avoid stress, making time to relax and enjoy yourself, getting plenty of exercise, and avoiding stressful situations when possible are great ways to manage it.
- Start meditation daily, it clears the mind and calms your nervous system down.
- Get a home blood pressure monitor and check your numbers regularly. By doing this you will be able to keep an eye on what’s going on with your body. If your numbers are high, you might be able to pinpoint what has gone on or what you have done that would have caused it to increase.
High blood pressure, like so many other chronic conditions can be treated with natural solutions…I believe very strongly in the natural ability of the body to heal itself by discovering the root of the problem and working with it.
I specialize in Functional Medicine, and can help you deal with the difficulties of chronic health issues as well as how to eat a nutritional diet that will give your body and your brain the boost they need.