Every one in three Indians is affected by high blood pressure or hypertension. It’s probably because of the stressful environment we live in. However, high BP is quite dangerous, which can lead to chronic problems such as heart strokes. So, what should you do?
Fortunately, using some natural remedies, you can bring BP under control. Curious to know what those remedies are? Well, read along.
How can you control Blood Pressure naturally?
Here are some natural ways of treating high BP:
Limit your alcohol consumption and quit smoking
Some amount of alcohol helps your heart. However, excessive consumption leads to the opposite. So, consume the least alcohol you can.
The same is the case with smoking; besides, it doesn’t help your heart at all. Instead, it spikes your heart rate and gradually burns your lungs. So, quit smoking for a healthy heart and normal BP.
It may seem a bit obvious, but regular exercise helps lower the BP. Just by exercising for 30 minutes each day, you can expect 5-8 mm HG lower BP if you’re already suffering from high BP. It’s because regular exercising helps you train your heart to perform well, stay young and active.
And once exercising becomes a habit, you can enjoy zero-high BP issues literally. However, you need not break the exercise routine if you want the best results.
Keep an eye on what you eat
Diet can affect your BP more than you think. For example:
1] Salt intake: Taking more salt in your diet than the safe limit(2300mg sodium) each day can add to your BP if you’re suffering from high BP. And reducing sodium intake can help you lower your BP. So, make sure to avoid processed foods. Also, don’t take more than one teaspoon of salt each day. This way, you can keep BP under control.
2] Go for potassium: Potassium counters the effect of sodium and eases tension against blood vessels. And both these attributes help lower the BP. You can go for the following potassium-rich food for a better BP:
- Leafy green veggies
- Salmon, tuna
- Nuts, seeds, and berries
- Bananas, apricots, oranges, tomatoes, and avocados
- Yogurt, cream cheese, and milk
Keep away from stress
Stress is one of the biggest victims of hypertension/high BP. Anything from an office quarrel to bad grades of your kid can cause you stress. In most cases, stress causes a temporary spike in the BP and then eases away with time.
However, sometimes the stress can turn chronic. And this can sometimes lead to chronic health problems such as high BP, stroke, and heart diseases. Also, if you smoke or drink alcohol in response to stress, it can lead to high BP.
While you cannot terminate every stressor from your life, you can undoubtedly deal with office stress and use a coping mechanism that might help. This way, you can handle your stress and naturally lower your BP.
Why is it important to regularly measure BP?
Regularly measuring blood pressure is an effective method for Blood Pressure Control. Within minutes you can determine:
- How your heart is holding up
- Whether or not the remedies are working
- Whether you need a doctor or not.
Here’s some info you might find useful:
- The ideal BP falls between 90/60mmHG – 120/80mmHG
- If the BP is 140/90mmHG or anything higher, it’s considered high BP
- If the BP is 90/60mmHG or anything lower, it’s considered low BP
High BP is undoubtedly a serious problem. However, with the right home management and natural remedies, you can effectively deal with it. Some exercise, shunning of poor eating habits are all you need. So, exercise daily, eat healthy, avoid drinking and smoking, monitor BP regularly, and keep your BP under control.