With pressure and living a stressful life, people become prone to hypertension. It is a condition where the blood pressure shoots up. Water and salt intake, levels of different body hormones or conditions of the kidney, nervous system and blood vessels affect blood pressure. This condition is commonly referred to as hypertension.
It is often caused by a medical condition like diabetes, asthma or kidney disorders. Habits like alcohol abuse can also cause hypertension. Some medications we take like appetite suppressants, corticosteroids, and drugs for migraine may also cause hypertension. Most often there are no symptoms. If you are having chest pain, confusion, ear buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness and vision changes very likely you are suffering from hypertension. Severe headache should also cause alarm, as this may be a sign that you are suffering from malignant hypertension. You may have it without your knowledge, but it may cause severe damage to your body unless it is detected soon. When blood pressure elevates, it starts to damage your blood vessels, heart, brain, eyes and kidneys.
Hypertension is often treated with expensive prescription medications that bring about severe side effects. Since it is brought about by stress and unhealthy diet, it is possible that it can be cured naturally. Here are some ways how to treat hypertension the natural way:
- Adopt a more relaxed lifestyle. Hypertension is caused by too much stress. You have to learn to deal with your stress and pressures so that you can be more relaxed.
- Have a healthy diet that includes a lot of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, garlic, soy, onions, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish. Raw vegetables and fresh fruits are the best sources of vitamin C, and they contain potassium and loads of soluble fiber, which helps reduce high blood pressure. Garlic contains adenosine, which works as a muscle relaxant and aids in vasodilation. It helps open the blood vessels, preventing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. Fish such as halibut, salmon, sardines and tuna are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which also helps reduce hypertension.
- Avoid too much intake of salt, sugar, fried foods, processed foods and caffeine. Eat foods rich in potassium like bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, skimmed milk, oranges, watermelon, soya beans, almonds and spinach.
- Calcium intake helps regulate the heart’s muscle contractions. This helps you manage your blood pressure.
- Eat hawthorn berries, as they strengthen the pumping ability of the heart, help dilate the blood vessels and protect the arterial walls.
- As much as possible your daily water intake should be equal to at least 8 glasses. Water flushes out waste products and toxins from your body.
- Do workouts regularly to trim down or maintain your ideal weight. Stress relieving exercises like yoga can help prevent hypertension.
- Take green tea everyday. It can help prevent and reduce hypertension, because it increases the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, which helps eliminate plaque formation on the arterial walls.
- Cut down on your alcohol intake.
A healthy and stress free lifestyle brings us more benefits than harm. It enables us to move around relaxed and keeps our blood pressure under control. Hypertension is the end effect of unhealthy and reckless living.