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Natural Cures for Hypertension?

What are some effective natural cures for hypertension?

natural cures for hypertension high blood pressureMost people suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) do not experience any symptoms or show any signs regardless of how high their blood pressure might be.

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because of this lack of signs and symptoms.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure eventually leads to permanent damage to the arteries, brain, kidneys, heart.

Individuals with hypertension are significantly more likely to suffer from stroke and heart attack.

Find out what reading is considered high and what you can do at home TODAY to bring your blood pressure under control...

Natural Cures for Hypertension - Understanding the numbers first...

Blood pressure results from the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow caused by your arteries. If your heart pumps more blood or pumps it faster, your blood pressure will go up.

As well, if your arteries constrict (get narrower), it becomes harder for the blood to flow through the blood vessels. This will also cause an increase in blood pressure. This is the main (and only) method your body uses to control how much blood flows to different parts of the body (such as to the skin and muscle).

There are two numbers that describe your blood pressure and the unit used is mm Hg (millimeter of mercury).

The systolic blood pressure is the higher number and results when your heart contracts. The diastolic blood pressure is the lower number and results when your heart is not contracting (relaxed).

The Blood Pressure Chart

Systolic Diastolic Meaning? Now what?
120 or less 80 or less Normal You are fine!
120 to 139 80 to 89 Prehypertension Lifestyle and natural cures
140 to 159 90 to 99 Stage 1 hypertension Lifestyle, natural cures, remedies and medication
160 or higher 100 or higher Stage 2 hypertension All of the above plus more medications

Ideally, you want your blood pressure to be 120/80 or less. Keep in mind that if you suffer from multiple health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, you will need to treat high blood pressure more aggressively.

This might mean needing to take prescription medications while using natural cures for hypertension. Although prescription drugs are not first choice, the need to use them should not be ruled out entirely.

Natural Cures for Hypertension and Prescription Medications

Before considering using prescription medications to control hypertension, there are many home remedies and natural cures that work very well to lower your blood pressure.

These methods of controlling your blood pressure can be effectively combined with prescription medications. Of course, if you are currently taking prescription medications, do not stop taking them without consultation with your healthcare professional.

#1 - Monitor your blood pressure

Finding out what your blood pressure reading is such an easy thing to do. We recommend you buy a blood pressure monitor so that you can keep track of your blood pressure daily and find out how well the lifestyle changes and natural cures are working.

Get readings (over several days) before you start any natural cures for hypertension so that you can track to see how effective each of these methods are.

#2 - Health foods

A healthy diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products goes a long way in keeping your blood pressure under check.

Of course, avoid saturated fats and reduce excessive fats as much as possible.

#3 - Cut back on salt

Salt causes your body to retain water and this cause blood pressure to go up. Get the FULL details in our article DASH Diet Guidelines.

#4 - Maintain a healthy weight

While it may be difficult to do, losing even a small amount of weight (5 pounds) can go a long way to lowering your blood pressure. In people who are overweight, even a slight weight lose has a significant effect on their blood pressure.

#5 - Avoid smoking

To put it very mildly, smoking is bad for you. Tobacco products contain cancer-causing chemicals. Nicotine, one of the main active ingredients in smoke, increases blood pressure significantly. It also causes damage to the blood vessel walls (hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis).

This hardening of the arteries causes a permanent increase in blood pressure as the blood vessels become flexible.

#6 - Limit alcohol intake

Drinking too much alcohol causes your blood pressure to go up, even if you are healthy. If you choose to drink, stick with just a glass a day. At most, two glasses should be just fine.

Perhaps you can reserve alcohol just for special occasions only?

#7 - Increase physical activities

Physical activities do more than keep you healthy, protect your heart and give you a sense of well-being. It is known to lower blood pressure. We use the term physical activity instead of exercise because the word exercise is attached to pain and suffering for many people.

In today's world of computers, video games and electronic communication, many people no longer engage in ANY meaningful physical activities!

Start very slowly with 30 minutes walks either in the shopping mall or just around the block. Do this three times week. Moderation is best because this is the only way you will continue this habit for life.

You do not need a home gym or any exercise equipment to keep you physically active. Your legs will do just fine, thank you.

#8 - Stress management

There is now a proven link between stress, heart disease and hypertension. The source of stress can come from work, home life, your spouse, in-laws and your children. Reducing stress is one of the best natural cures for hypertension for those who are "stressed out".

Find as many ways to deal with stress as possible. We have a very detailed article Stress Management Tips that can give you insight into fighting off this monster problem.

#9 - Eat dark chocolate

We save the best news for last! Chemical substances found in dark chocolate lower blood pressure significantly. Of course, this is not the go ahead to eat pounds of chocolate every single day.

But if you love to eat milk chocolate (which doesn't lower blood pressure), perhaps you should consider switching to dark chocolate?

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