How to Reduce High Blood Pressure Without Medications
By Simon Foster
A routine visit with my family doctor revealed that my blood pressure is creeping up as my age . . . er . . . creeps up. I’ve always been the kind of person who had such low blood pressure that the nurse was dubious about my being alive at all, so this has been quite a lot to swallow for me. Gulp!
So . . . I’m mortal and imperfect . . . that’s not news, but that I need to do something to lower my blood pressure now, before I have real problems in the areas of kidney disease, heart disease, or stroke is news to me. What happened? I was 23 and a long-distance runner with limitless energy and very low blood pressure just yesterday . . . right? My doctor mentioned trying meds to reduce it right away, but he knows me pretty well and he took one glance at my face, and changed his mind. He’s pretty intuitive. He then turned away and he grappled around for some literature on how to reduce my blood pressure without drugs, and then he gave me two months to do it.
He didn’t say it, but I know what he was thinking. Come back in two months with your blood pressure lower, Amy, and I won’t talk about drugs again. As long as it stays low. But come back with your blood pressure as high as it is today and . . . you’re going to the pharmacy, baby.
I’ve been doing some reading ever since, and wow–heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, did you know? And 31% of all American adults have high blood pressure. Why is this? And why do you suppose doctors automatically suggest a pill, rather then trying to figure out why the blood pressure is too high in the first place? Naturally the high blood pressure can do damage to our organs if left untreated, but how about digging deeper and at least trying to find the cause(s) before resorting to drugs? Of course most of us are too heavy and don’t eat as well as we should . . . and maybe we allow too much stress into our lives . . . and we enjoy more salt than we perhaps ought . . . and we don’t get out and exercise like we should. But if we do all these things that we know will help lower our blood pressure first—why not? Sounds like a . . . well, a sound plan to me. At least it’s worth a try.
I would imagine, with statistics like those above, that I’m not the only person around with blood pressure that is creeping, creeping up as I get older. There are lots of things we mortals can do to lower blood pressure without drugs, thus cutting our risks of heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke greatly. But there’s really no time to lose! If your doctor has mentioned to you that your blood pressure is a little too high, too, it’s time for action!
Here are a few things I plan to do immediately to reduce my risk of heart disease, and I know that this is going to peg me as being an almost-old-person. (Sigh):
I’m attaching an Ezine article today with suggestions on how to lower your blood pressure without resorting to drugs. The drugs can be lifesavers, of course, but they do come with strings attached (that is, unpleasant side effects). Then I’m going outside for a walk, and Gentle Reader, maybe you should, too. (No offense.)
By Simon Foster
Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure are prescribed prescription medications by their doctor. Hypertension medications designed to reduce blood pressure include:
There are a number of problems with blood pressure (BP) reducing medications however. They do not cure the cause of high blood pressure but merely lower it while the drugs remain in your system. This means that people usually have to take medications daily for the rest of their lives in order to keep their blood pressure at an acceptable level.
The other problem with hypertension medications (other than the cost) is a range of undesirable side effects such as: a persistent dry cough, headache, pounding heartbeat, nausea, weight gain, reduced libido, depression, insomnia, shortness of breath, sinus congestion… the list could go on.
Because of these problems a lot of people have been looking into how to reduce blood pressure naturally without the use of medications. Thankfully there are indeed ways to reduce high blood pressure naturally through diet and exercise.
A BP reducing diet includes eating less processed foods high in salt, trans-fats and saturated fats, replacing these with more basic natural, basic ingredients. This shift can not just reduce high blood pressure but can also put you on the path to a more healthier and happier existence. Sure, it means more cooking at home and less eating out at restaurants but maybe that’s a good thing.
You may also want to include in your diet more fruit and vegetables. Celery, bananas, apples, tomatoes, onions and garlic have all been shown to be particularity helpful to reduce your high blood pressure and keep it down.
Supplements can also play a part in an anti-hypertensive diet. Consider taking daily does of vitamin C, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega 3, and Hawthorn tincture.
Exchange your table salt for naturally harvested Celtic Sea salt, full of natural essential minerals (but use it in moderation).
Don’t make the mistake of cutting out all salt intake. Most of the salt we consume is in processed foods. If we cut out processed foods from our diet we need to get salt from somewhere. No salt is as unhealthy as too much.
Also consider eating fish more often instead of red meat.
For a treat have a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa) everyday. Both red wine and cocoa has been shown to help keep the heart healthy and reduce high blood pressure.
Stress reducing exercise has also been shown to be very beneficial in reducing high blood pressure. Slow breathing exercises have been increasing in popularity. Tests have shown that by taking 15 minutes a day to relax and breath in a slow rhythmic pattern can help lower our BP quite significantly over time.
Once thought too wacky, slow breathing exercises have now gone mainstream. You can buy audio tapes on-line to assist you or a slow breathing audio aid machine from pharmacies. Of course you don’t need to buy anything. Just put on some relaxing music in the background and slow your breathing down to 6 or 7 breaths per minute for quarter of an hour. Do this everyday and you will see results.
The other kind of exercise that will reduce high blood pressure is the old-fashioned cardio-vascular kind – jogging, hill climbing, gym work out – whatever gets your heart beating and your blood pumping. If your not ready to climb Mount Everest, no worries. Even a daily walk around the block has been shown helpful to reducing BP over time.
So there you have it. How to reduce high blood pressure naturally is really quite straightforward. Good diet, physical exercise and stress reduction is all that is really needed. Practiced consistently and even the most stubborn high BP should start to come back down.
Simon Foster was a sufferer of dangerously high blood pressure but has now achieved healthy levels through exercise and diet without the use of medications. His mission is to share this knowledge and techniques with fellow sufferers of acute hypertension.
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There you have it, Gentle Reader. What do you think? Have you successfully reduced your high blood pressure without resorting to drugs? I’d like to hear about your experiences in the comment box below.