Natural Helps For High Blood Pressure

An overview of simple, natural methods of lowering high blood pressure.

A recent study showed that 90% of older Americans will develop high blood pressure at some point in their life. Any blood pressure numbers over 120/80 are considered to be in the danger zone. Any numbers over 160/100 are considered stage two hypertension and require immediate medical help.

There are many things you can do to help lower your blood pressure if it is high or reduce your chances of developing it in the future. All of these methods are natural, requiring no drugs and are safe.

1. Stop smoking. This is the number one cause of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. While quitting is never easy, the benefits will far outweigh the negative aspects of stopping. Try nicotine gum or patches or quit cold turkey. If all else fails, see your doctor for help, there are prescription drugs that can help you quit.

2. Limit salt intake. An average adult should consume no more than 2,000 milligrams daily. Most people consume at least twice that. Read food labels carefully and avoid fast food.

3. Exercise. It doesn't matter if you work out at a gym or exercise at home, exercise is important. Don't want to sweat? Try walking thirty minutes a day or yoga.

4. Lose the excess pounds. The more you are overweight, the higher your risk. Skip the fad diets; simply eat healthier foods and exercise more.

5. Limit alcohol. Anything more than a beer or two or a single mixed drink will elevate your blood pressure.

The above list is recommended by the American Heart Association. They also suggest that overall diet plays a major roll in combating high blood pressure. They recommend adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and cutting back on red meat.

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins your body needs to battle high blood pressure. In particular, look for fruits and vegetables that are high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and vitamin c. Some ideas of which fruits and vegetables to include in your diet are as followed.

Calcium:Broccoli, cheese, tofu and spinach.

Magnesium:Beans, okra, shellfish, spinach and broccoli.

Vitamin C:Any citrus fruits and most green leafy vegetables.

Potassium:Bananas, apricots, pumpkin, winter squash, potatoes and lean pork.

There is an old saying, you are what you eat, and when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, that old saying rings especially true.

There are many herbs and spices, such as garlic and saffron, that studies suggest can help reduce high blood pressure. Research herbal remedies or read many of the herbal remedy books on the market today.Before using any herbal or alternative treatment and for further information, it is strongly suggested you talk with your doctor.

By doing all that you can naturally to reduce or prevent high blood pressure, you increase your chances of not becoming part of that ninety percent group. Taking care of yourself now will make your life better overall in the present and help guarantee a better quality of life as you reach your golden years.

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