Managing High Blood Pressure

Over the past years, studies have shown that the majority of people in economically developing countries have been experiencing high blood pressure. In the US, approximately 75 million American adults, that’s 32 percent suffer from high blood pressure.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a long-term medical condition where the blood pressure in the arteries persistently elevates. Usually, high blood pressure does not cause symptoms. However. long-term high blood pressure is a major risk factor for the following:

  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Vision loss
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dementia

Blood pressure is classified by two measurements, the systolic and diastolic pressures, which are the maximum and minimum pressures, respectively. The ranges are:

  • Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg
  • Prehypertension: Systolic between 120–129 and diastolic less than 80
  • Stage 1 high blood pressure: Systolic between 130–139 or diastolic between 80–89
  • Stage 2 high blood pressure: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg

Here are some natural home remedies that help manage high blood pressure.

1. Green Tea

- There is some evidence green tea consumption may help lower blood pressure, but this is insufficient for it to be recommended as a treatment.

2. Hibiscus Tea

- There is evidence from randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials that this tea consumption significantly reduces systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.

3. Beetroot Juice

- Consumption also significantly lowers the blood pressure of people with high blood pressure

4. Bananas

- Bananas contain loads of potassium and fiber. Increasing dietary potassium has a potential benefit for lowering the risk of high blood pressure.

5. Dark Chocolate

- Some researchers found that chocolate that has 70% cacao or greater contains more antioxidants (polyphenols and flavanols) than fruit juice, which reduces blood pressure

6. Garlic

- Allicin, the main active compound in garlic, is thought to be largely responsible for garlic’s blood-pressure-lowering properties.

Lifestyle changes are recommended to lower blood pressure, before starting medications.

  • Maintain normal body weight for adults
  • Decreased salt intake
  • Engage in regular aerobic physical activity such as brisk walking
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Consume a diet rich in fruit and vegetables
  • Manage Stress
  • Quit smoking

Effective lifestyle modification may lower blood pressure as much as an individual antihypertensive medication. Combinations of two or more lifestyle modifications can achieve even better results.

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