Friday, February 19, 2010

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Lately my husband and I have been obsessed with blood pressure readings.  Luckily getting your blood pressure measured is a pretty easy task these days thanks to the abundance of reading machines they now have in grocery and drug stores all over the place.

Thankfully I have pretty low blood pressure.  I don't know if it is genetic or the result of a healthy diet and  regular exercise.  Maybe a combination of both; however, it has been known to be raised after a stressful shopping trip with the kids so I warn you to only get a reading at the grocery store if you are alone, taking your time, and not yelling at your children while consuming an abnormally large coffee!

High blood pressure is a serious condition that left untreated can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, aneurysm, and much more.  Nearly 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure.  Researchers say the nation’s obesity epidemic is a major factor for the increase in high blood pressure.  I went onto the Dr. Oz website to get more information and also researched several other sites to get some ways that you can help to reduce your HBP naturally.

1. Regular exercise like walking
2. Low intake of salt, high fat and processed foods
3. Eating a healthy diet rich in leafy greens (spinach, kale,broccoli)
4. Limit Caffeine Intake
5. Practice deep breathing (Just 5-10 minutes a day can be very beneficial)
6. Increasing potassium in your diet (bananas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupe)
7. Lower Stress (Don't work super long hours, get plenty of rest, get some "me" time)

The following foods are especially useful for normal blood pressure:
  • Celery
  • Garlic and onions
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes

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