Hypertension is at epidemic proportions here in the United States.
The American Heart Association says that 25 per cent of American men between the ages of 35 and 44 suffer from hypertension. Astonishingly, 9 per cent of men between 20 and 34, also have high blood pressure.
Hypertension Natural Remedies
Here are several natural remedies to lower hypertension:
Americans eat more than 3,000 milligrams of salt every day. Stay at 1500 milligrams as your maximum. Avoid salt to season your food, and instead, use spices, herbs, or lemon juice. Avoid processed foods which is the greatest source of sodium.
Tea flavonoids reduce concentrations of endothelin-1, a protein that constricts blood vessels. Drink two-three cups a day.
Men with metabolic syndrome (a condition that can lead to heart disease) who ate the powder equivalent of about two cups of grapes daily for a month lowered their systolic blood pressure by 6 points, according to a study from the University of Connecticut. The polyphenols in grapes relax blood vessels and improve function.
Take Slow, Deep Breaths
Yoga or meditation will lower your blood pressure.
Work out three times a week, 40 minutes each time. Walking is a great cardio exercise.
Drink Beet Juice
Drinking 17 ounces of beet juice can drops your blood pressure 5 points in just 6 hours, according to a 2012 Australian study. Beets are rich in nitrates, convert into nitric acid, relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow.
Laugh A Lot
Laughter dilates blood vessels by 22 percent, according to a study from the University of Maryland. Blood flow increase thereby reducing blood pressure.
Eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Get your protein from poultry, fish, beans, and nuts. Most importantly, minimize your sugar and salt intake.