The Best Ways to Combat High Blood Pressure
In addition to performing physical activity, we will increase intake of garlic, lemon, and artichoke, and avoid consumption of hypertensors, like coffee, tea, maté, licorice or tobacco.
Arterial hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, means that a person has levels equal to or higher than 140 mm Hg of systolic pressure, and levels equal to or higher than 90 mm Hg of diastolic pressure, and is associated with a higher risk of suffering cardiovascular disease.
As heart disease is the primary cause of illness and death in the world, it is best to treat it as soon as possible. We present you with three key points of advice on how to lower the risk, along with some remedies and simple tips.
Even though not all the potential causes for hypertension have been determined , it has been proven that it can be due to genetic conditions and is greatly influenced by lifestyle:
- Excessive consumtion of salt and salty foods
- Stress and emotional burdens
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excessive consumption of foods with amines (cured cheese, beer, and lunchmeats)
In many cases, especially when only the diastolic pressure is high, it can cause liver failure. In that case, we should take care of our kidneys, eating a fruit and vegetable rich diet that will also contain healthy levels of vitamin C.
The problem with high blood pressure is that in many cases, it will not present any symptoms, which can be a great risk. Some of the symptoms it may have are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
- Blurry vision
- Excessive sweating
If we suffer from one of these symptoms or suspect that we might have high blood pressure, we can go to the nearest clinic or pharmacy where they will take our blood pressure, and/or go to see the doctor as soon as possible.
Garlic is an excellent therepeutic food for treating many ailments, such purifying the blood or cleansing the intestines. In the case of high blood pressure, garlic works as a vasodilator for the blood vessels and arteries.
Many people already know of the benefits of garlic and eat it raw each morning. To make it more palatable, we can spread it on toast and add a bit of olive oil.
Another option is to try the Tibetan garlic cure.
Finally, for some people who are sensitive to the smell and flavor, they can also purchase garlic oil in capsule form.
The lemon deserves mentioning. Different from the other citrus fruits, even though it is acidic, it has properties of neutralizing acids once it reaches the stomach. In addition, it is a great, vitamin C rich blood cleanser. In the case of high blood pressure, it helps to eliminate the rigidity of the blood vessels, making them softer and more flexible. Furthermore, lemon contains a lot of vitamin B, which can help prevent heart failure.
Artichoke has diuretic properties that allow it to remove excess liquids from the body, reducing arterial tension. In fact, it is considered a natural remedy for high blood pressure. Additionally, this plant contains a high quantity of potassium which also reduces arterial hypertension. It also helps us digest and it protects the kidneys.
When it is available, we recommend that you eat it regularly, sautéed or baked. Outside of its season, we can resort to canned or natural extracts.
- Bathe your arms in hot water and your feet in lukewarm to cool water
- If you are taken diuretic medication, it is better to also take potassium as a supplement or in your food (tomatoes, broths, banana smoothies, etc.) in or to not have increased sensitivity, nerves, etc.
- It is important to exercise. We recommend that you walk energetically, run, ride a bicycle, or swim for between 30 and 45 minutes a day, at least three times a week.
- There are some supplements that can help us: Coenzima Q10, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E
- We recommend that you avoid coffee, ginger, tea, mate, licorice root, and tobacco, all which raise your blood pressure if you take them regularly.