If you are overweight, bringing your weight down by diet and exercise can be a very effective way to lower your blood pressure.
Other dietary manipulations can also be helpful. These include having a high-fiber, low fat, and low sugar diet. Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can also be helpful. For a low salt diet to actually lower your blood pressure, your salt intake must be so low as to be not sustainable—and I think downright dangerous.
Because of this, I would simply moderate salt intake comfortably.
Correcting nutritional deficiencies can also be very helpful in lowering high blood pressure.
Get optimal levels of vitamins A, C, and D plus magnesium. In addition, take the following:
- Calcium 500-1,000 mg (take it at bed time and consider taking part of the dose at dinner).
- Potassium. The amount of potassium found in one banana and 1 cup of tomato or V8 juice a day can also normalize blood pressure.
- Coenzyme Q10 200 milligrams a day can also be very effective. I have seen it lower blood pressure as much as 30 to 40 points in some severe cases. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency is especially common in people taking cholesterol-lowering medications. Be sure to use the Enzymatic Therapy or Integrative Therapeutics brands, as quality control is a problem for many brands of Coenzyme Q10.
- Dark chocolate. Although it only lowers blood pressure by 3-4 mm, it tastes good and is high in healthy anti-oxidants!
Don't forget the mind/body component. Some of us are like pressure cookers, and when we close down our "steam release valve" the pressure builds up inside of us. We may look calm on the outside but actually have high blood pressure on the inside.
Give yourself permission to have a good hissy fit once in awhile to blow off steam. It can help your elevated blood pressure to come down.
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