High blood pressure means the force by which blood is being pushed through the arteries to distribute it throughout the body is too much for them to handle. Normal blood pressure’s recorded as 120/80 mm Hg. If you have blood pressure above this, it’s a condition that’s very serious and which should be paid attention to.
If you or someone you know is struggling from a myriad of high blood pressure symptoms, there are naturopathic treatments that can alleviate the symptoms. Try out some of these natural remedies for high blood pressure:
1. Less caffeine
Caffeine causes an instant spike in blood pressure however consumed over a longer period, it can result in lasting high blood pressure for some. Not all of us are caffeine sensitive but for the ones who are, consider cutting back.
2. Less stress
Stress comes with many health problems and risks. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can be caused by stress. By lowering and controlling stress, you’re taking that pressure off hearts, your heart rate, and yes, your blood pressure.
3. Less sodium
High intake of sodium causes water retention in the blood which is known to be a cause of high blood pressure. As you reduce your sodium intake, that force is eliminated. Less salt and less processed foods is how you do that.
Surprisingly, chocolate is one of the best natural remedies for high blood pressure. Dark chocolate is extremely healthy, known to help soothe menstrual cramps in women, relax muscles and veins, and provide overall comfort. Dark chocolate – and not any other kind – can soothe your arteries in the same way and reduce blood pressure accordingly.
5. Work less
In an effort to limit stress, if you’re in a job that has you working around the clock, you may want to limit the time you spend dedicate to handling your business. Consider taking a vacation or setting up a schedule that provides you some more ‘me time’. Your blood pressure will thank you!
6. DASH diet
The DASH diet stands for ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ and is considered the most effective natural remedy for high blood pressure. The DASH diet can lower blood pressure by 11 mm Hg and focuses on consuming more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, nuts, and eliminating foods high in processed fats.
7. Potassium-rich food
Foods with potassium are great natural remedies for high blood pressure. Potassium helps the body get rid of sodium and eases pressure on the blood pressure. As you’re lowering your sodium intake, increase potassium intake to really give your system a kick. Foods high in potassium include leafy greens, tomatoes, regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruits including melons and oranges, bananas, avocados, dairy such as milk and yogurt, tuna and salmon, nuts and seeds, and beans.
8. Less alcohol
Alcohol is linked to up to 16 percent of all cases of high blood pressure in North America. Any benefit of moderate amounts of alcohol on the heart is offset by more significant negatives in someone with high blood pressure. Drink less than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
9. Corn silk
Corn silk, as you probably guessed, is the long threads of plant material that grows underneath the hush of a fresh ear of corn. They’ve been used in herbal medicines for centuries, sometimes eaten fresh and other times dried and consumed as a tea. Corn silk encourages the elimination of excess fluid and is a natural diuretic and inhibits certain blood pressure reducing enzymes.
Exercise of any kind – walking, jogging, running, heavy weights, yoga, tai chi, HIIT, or another program – is an excellent recommendation to help lower high blood pressure. Exercise will strengthen your heart, helping it pump blood which lowers the pressure put on arteries. To get this done, as little as 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly’s all that is needed.
11. Tomato juice
One glass of unsalted tomato juice per day is enough to bring down your blood pressure and when combined with other methods can add a lot to how you feel as well. Although the downward climb from high blood pressure is minimal using purely this method, every little bit helps and sometimes it’s the smallest of remedies which can make the world of difference as to whether a person has hypertension or not. Unsalted tomato juice consumed regularly will also reduce your risk of heart disease as well.
12. Added sugars and refined carbs
Sodas and other items with added sugars are known to influence high blood pressure. Refined carbs are also problematic, such as those found in white flour. They convert rapidly to sugar in a person’s blood stream which can cause problems. Consider switching to complex carbs and embark on a carb-restricted diet for an immediate effect.
13. Weight loss
This sort of plays into ‘exercise’ but certainly deserves its own category. Weight loss isn’t easy but losing as little as 5 percent of your body mass can have a massive impact on lowering blood pressure. Sometimes, as little as losing 17 pounds can have this effect. Needless to say, when weight loss is paired with exercise, it’s probably one of the quicker ways to begin working on bringing down high blood pressure.