How to Naturally Lower Your Blood Pressure
I currently spend a lot of time taking care of my elderly grandmother. At the beginning of each week, I get her medications ready. She suffers from a few chronic health issues and there are at least five pills that she has to take every single day without fail. One of those pills is her blood pressure medication.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, runs in my family. It is something that I have to be aware when I decided what to eat, how to exercise and the ways I live my life. The choices I make every day all lead to a question I ask myself often: how do I want my health to be when I grow old?
My wish for myself, now and when I am older, is to pharmaceutical free- plain and simple (and to enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream at night like my pop pop). I believe, unless diagnosed with a communicable or genetic disease, that the body has the power to heal itself naturally. I also believe that the human body is meant to be disease-free. And anything less than that is a sign that something needs to shift in our health.
Chronically high blood pressure is a biomarker for cardiovascular disease, including stroke, heart attack and heart failure. “It is the most important preventable risk factor for premature death.” (https://www.metaboliceffect.com/the-devastating-effects-of-hypertension-high-blood-pressure-part-i/) I have heard in passing conversations with others that friends or family have randomly suffered from a heart attack or stoke at a young age. This event isn’t so random if your BP is high. Hypertension is a factor of why heart attacks and strokes happens. It is actually a sign that you too could be one of those people.
High blood pressure, anything over 140/90 mmHg, is a generally treated through a simple prescription from your doctor. Taking a pill is the most common option and there is little conversation around lowering it naturally. But it is possible! With incidences of heart disease rising so rapidly, it’s time to take control of your health now! A few lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, can start to help you control this and decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease and other related illnesses.
Let’s start with a few questions about your lifestyle.
Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
Do you receive less than 7 hours of sleep a day?
Do you drink alcohol often?
Do you drink more than 16 oz of coffee a day?
Do you drink less than 36 oz of water a day?
Do you consume salty foods often?
Do you consume sugary foods often?
Do you have chronic stress or anxiety?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we can start there. If you do not drink 36 + oz of water a day, buy a new water bottle and get drinking! That simply could cause your BP to lower. Not exercising enough? Get your shoes on and take a walk! Join a gym and get a personal trainer to help you jump start your fitness. Any of these issues, when addressed healthily, can dramatically change your health.
Try adding one or more of these supplements to your daily routine.
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt- try using this instead of table salt.
Add 10 minutes of meditation to your day- see my blog on that subject HERE.
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar). It literally helps any health ailment! I think I should name my first born child ACV, that’s how much I appreciate it :)
Garlic- cook with it or take Garlic supplements.
Hawthorn- take this in pill form to help strength the arterial walls.
Divya Mukta Vati- an Ayurvedic anti-hypertensive medicine effective in curing high blood pressure.
I personally like to start changing any health issue with diet and exercise. The power of movement and nourishing foods is immense. If either of these things aren’t up to par, set up an appointment with a health coach or trainer to work on them. Start a food journal and take a good look at what you are putting into your body and how much. You may not realize that you are eating a food high in salt and saturated fat with every meal. Take a 30 minute walk every day. These small changes in your routine can have a large impact on your health.
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Best of luck on your journey! xo