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How to lower blood pressure?

High blood pressure, a common health problem, strikes people at a relatively young age. Most often, people diagnosed with this malady are given medications. Listed below are some useful tips on how you can lower blood pressure without resorting to medications.

Restrict your intake of table salt

Table salt, commonly known as sodium chloride, causes your body to retain fluids. This leads to your blood having an increased fluid volume resulting in high blood pressure. Buy low salt or unsalted foods and restrict the use of salt during cooking.

Stop smoking lower blood pressure

Stimulants in cigarettes lead to an increase in your blood pressure levels. Hence, when you stop smoking, your blood pressure is reduced significantly. Additionally, a complete abstinence from smoking results in a healthier heart.

Shed extra weight lower blood pressure

Extra weight increases the work-load of your heart resulting in elevated blood pressure. Just imagine having an extra 11 pounds (5 kg) on your body. This is equivalent to carrying around an 11 pound (9 kg) bag of wheat. Try walking around your neighborhood while carrying this bag of wheat. Your heart will begin to pump blood faster and harder. Consequently, your blood pressure will shoot up. Similarly, any extra weight is a burden to your body and leads to elevated blood pressure. When you shed extra weight, it automatically leads to a reduction in your blood pressure.

Choose natural remedies to lower blood pressure

Many natural remedies lower blood pressure effectively. Garlic, omega-3, ginger, olive oil, cayenne, nuts, hawthorn, and black cohosh are some of the natural remedies that lower blood pressure.

Abstain from drugs and alcohol lower blood pressure

Drugs and alcohol cause undue damage to your vital organs including your liver and kidneys. Any deficiency in the functioning of these organs results in a build-up of excess fluids in your body. This results in undue strain on your heart and increase in blood pressure. Hence, abstaining completely from drugs and alcohol leads to lower blood pressure.

Avoid canned foods and bottled foods

Preserved foods and bottled foods contain an extremely high amount of salt. Additionally, condiments such as soy sauce, ketchup, barbeque, salsa, and prepared mustard contain dangerously high levels of salt. Avoiding all these foods diligently helps in lowering blood pressure.

Eat a nutritious diet and avoid stimulants

Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your diet. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and all other stimulants. Follow a plant based diet instead of milk, eggs, and meats. All these factors help in reducing your blood pressure considerably.

Take B vitamins

Vitamins B6, 9, and 12 lower homocystiene levels. A high level of homocystiene in blood results in heart problems. B vitamins occurring naturally in the foods you eat every day reduce homocystiene levels considerably.

Do not stress

Try bitter melon juice

Morinda citrifolia (Noni) juice might help

Change your menu

Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads

Limit salt consumption

Add foods rich in potassium and omega-3

These foods include potatoes, onions, beans, oranges, dried fruits, fruits, tomatoes, and tomato juice. Include fish in your diet; at least, twice or thrice a week. Fish is high in lean protein. Herring, mackerel, and salmon contain extremely high levels of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce levels of unhealthy fats called triglycerides. Besides, omega-3 fatty acids promote overall heart health.
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