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High Blood Pressure: How to Lower it Naturally

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 02:27 AM

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is becoming very common in all age groups. In the U.S., about 50 million people suffering from high blood pressure are seeking treatment. Faulty diet, sedentary routine, and raised anxiety levels make us prone to this problem. For managing high blood pressure, non-drug treatment includes exercise, relaxation, and diet control. Apart from treatment with drugs, doctors often recommend lowering the salt intake. Restricting salt intake up to one and a half grams per day is recommended. Foods with added salts are also to be avoided.
 
Doctors often recommend lowering foods rich in saturated fats to control high blood pressure. Low fat foods, vegetables, and fruits are always a natural and healthy choice to stay away from high blood pressure.
 
Apart from food and exercise, it is equally important to lower the anxiety levels to control high blood pressure. Yoga can be very helpful in lowering the anxiety levels. It is a natural, non-drug treatment used in controlling anxiety and high blood pressure as it regulates the hormones in the body. Anti-anxiety drug treatments have a lot of side effects, like dependency and are better to be avoided.
 
Adequate sleep is another natural phenomenon that works like treatment for high blood pressure. Sleep deprivation is linked to raised anxiety and high blood pressure in many studies. A minimum of six to eight hours of sleep is recommended by doctors.
Reducing your weight is a healthy choice and natural treatment for high blood pressure. Extra ponds lost from the waistline is very beneficial to lower the raised blood pressure levels.
 
Breathing exercises, aerobics, and music can also be tried to lower the anxiety levels naturally. People with moderate levels of activity are naturally at less risk of developing anxiety and high blood pressure. Meditation promotes self-repair in the body cells as a state of deep rest is achieved in the body during this activity.
 
Many alternative treatments are effective in lowering the high blood pressure. Including complex carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes, and nuts in the diet can be helpful in keeping a check on the blood pressure levels. All these recommendations are included under DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).
 
Natural herbs like rauwalfia are also found effective in the treatment of high blood pressure. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids are a natural choice to lower the high blood pressure. Many supplements are available in the market with equal benefits.
 
Limiting alcohol intake can also reduce the blood pressure. Though some studies indicate that in moderate doses, alcohol is good for the heart.
 
These natural measures like lowering salt intake, avoiding fatty food, lowering anxiety, doing exercise, and getting good sleep are simple steps that one can try before resorting to treatment using antihypertensive drugs.

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High blood pressure is often caused by high salt intake and anxiety. Besides drugs, some natural treatments can lower high blood pressure effectively.
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