Hypertension or high blood pressure is a condition where the force of your blood against arterial walls is higher than normal. A reading of 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal blood pressure.
Hypertension is a symptomless condition. It can go unnoticed for a long time that makes it very dangerous. If left untreated, it may lead to stroke, heart failure or even blindness.
Common causes of high blood pressure are: obesity, lack of exercise, kidney ailments, high salt intake, prescription and recreational drugs, regular smoking and alcohol consumption. Hypertension is an indication of underlying ailment. So get yourself examined by a physician for better diagnosis.
If your blood pressure is found to be consistently above the normal range, you doctor will put you on medication. It is better to make your lifestyle healthy and use natural remedies along with your medication to control high blood pressure in the long term. Let us discover what you can do to control your hypertension:
- Add some physical workout to your day: jog, brisk walk, swim, play outdoor sports or join or dance classes. Aerobic activities increase your oxygen intake and can automatically bring down high blood pressure.
- Deep breathing exercises or pranayama are also beneficial. Alternate nostril pranayama and ujjai pranayama are a few examples of breathing exercises. The more oxygen your body cells receive, the more relaxed you will become.
- Meditation helps too. You can learn self meditation from a trained instructor or simply grab a specific DVD of guided meditation for controlling hypertension. It is light on your pocket and free from side effects.
- You may also learn specific Yoga asanas from a trained instructor for blood pressure control. Shavasna (corpse pose), bhujangasana (Cobra pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), shalabhasana, tadasana, pavanmuktasana etc. are a few asanas that help lower high blood pressure.
- Make healthy changes in your diet. Stop or minimize the intake of salt. Processed and preserved foods are full of sodium content that harms your arteries. Say goodbye to pizzas, cheese, noodles, pickles, burgers, white flour items etc. to reduce salt intake. Also avoid oily and spicy food items. Drink lots of coconut water and use coconut oil for cooking. Eat fruits and veggies rich in potassium like bananas, raisins, spinach, zucchini, cantaloupe, orange juice, apricots etc. Increase fibre intake to keep your system healthy.
- Take 1-2 raw garlic cloves on empty stomach in the morning. Also drink a glassful of lukewarm lemon water on empty stomach in the morning daily. Munch a few raw almonds daily to bring down your LDL cholesterol and subsequently your high blood pressure.
- Turmeric is an effective remedy for treating hypertension. It is a blood thinner and helps keep your cholesterol and high blood pressure in check. You may add a pinch of organic turmeric powder to warm milk and take it at bedtime. Alternately, you may take Curcumin tablets as supplements after consulting your doctor.
- Triphala is another effective Ayurvedic remedy that brings down hypertension. Soak 1-2 tsp triphala powder in a cup of water overnight. In the morning, strain the liquid using a fine muslin cloth. Add 1 tsp honey to the strained liquid and drink it daily for a few days regularly.
Make these natural remedies a part of your lifestyle to keep your blood pressure normal. Keep yourself relaxed and maintain a happy state of mind. Be the new healthy you!
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