High blood pressure is not discriminatory, it can be a problem for both young and old alike. When blood vessels are narrowed by cholesterol plaques, it increases the pressure on the walls of the vessels to push blood through. This can lead to a dislodging of the plaque, and that can cause a stroke.
Unhealthy eating habits can also raise blood pressure. Eating foods high in sodium and harmful preservatives can put a lot of pressure on the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.
There are several ways that you can prevent high blood pressure. Below you will find 6 natural ways.
6 Tips Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
Exercise More. Regular exercise has a lot of great health benefits. It relieves stress and increases oxygenation. Increased cardiovascular health can help lower your blood pressure.
Limit Alcohol. Drinking can cause a ton of health issues. Avoiding it altogether is the most beneficial option. However, studies have shown that a glass of red wine can be good for you. Regardless, it’s always wise to check with your doctor for your specific situation.
Reduce Caffeine. Caffeine is not just in coffee, tea and soft drinks. It can also be found in a lot of prepackaged meal replacements, chocolate candies, etc. It is best to avoid caffeine as much as possible. If you already have issues with high blood pressure, consuming caffeine can raise it even more.
Get Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety. Stress can be a huge contributing factor to blood pressure issues. Learning to reduce your stress levels is very important to your overall health. Aside from regular acupuncture, you can also use deep breathing techniques, start a relaxing hobby, listen to soft music, and read to reduce stress. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress can help you control not only blood pressure but also reduce other health concerns. Give our office a call, 321-972-2940, to schedule a health evaluation and see what acupuncture treatments can help you.
Limit Salt. Sure, it can add a ton of flavor to your food, however, salt can also raise blood pressure. It is important to read labels and pay attention to your salt intake. Shockingly, the average person consumes at least two or three times their daily salt needs each day. Read this informative post I wrote about salt.
Eat More Potassium. The good news is that eating more potassium can actually counteract too much sodium. It is also a very helpful aid in reducing blood pressure levels. Try eating more bananas, cantaloupe, beans, raisins, and other potassium rich foods.
If you feel that you have high blood pressure, or at risk, please give our office a call, 321-972-2940, so that we can schedule you for a health evaluation, and help get you on the road to better health—naturally!