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How to Reduce Hypertension for Life
How to Reduce Hypertension
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is a disease that affects more than half of the people in the United States. Hypertension also has a nickname, "the silent killer."
This is aptly named because many times a person can mistaken hypertension for some other condition, and this delay in treatment can lead to more serious health problems such as, heart disease or a stroke.
There are two avenues you should take to control hypertension.
Doctor Diagnosis: The first visit is to your doctor. Tests will determine the severity of your condition and your doctor will prescribe medication accordingly.
Natural Remedies: You will find a ton of information about natural remedies; some are mild and some are very aggressive formulas - Consult with your Doctor before making any dietary changes.
Natural alternatives can be very effective for long-term treatment but people forget it takes longer to work. The natural healing process is quite different than the chemical process used in medications. There is no knock on medications when they save lives, but there is a knock on drugs and their side-effects.
When you have hypertension the goal is to cure it. Medication is not designed to cure, it's designed to treat and with this comes side-effects.
We don't have to prolong the discussion on the side-effects of drugs, the commercials on TV already unload a laundry list of side-effects in their advertisements. If you're interested in reducing hypertension then alternative (natural) remedies should be your next subject to study.
Education is you biggest asset in the whole process, then applying it to improve your situation is your second biggest asset.
6 Ways to Reduce Hypertension
There are many things you can do to lower your blood pressure. Some involve drugs and others are called "natural alternatives." There is no reason you can use both to manage this disease.
We have found 6 things you can do to help reduce hypertension:
Yoga - a low impact way to exercise. Stress is a big contributor to hypertension and one way to reduce it is to lower stress levels. Yoga captures both mind and body, this way you can get the full benefit of this technique. You may find the short video at, lower your blood pressure using yoga, useful if you lack exercise and are looking for an easy way to start.
Diet - what you eat and the way you eat can create or solve a lot of problems. Types of foods we eat contributes to a variety of health problems including hypertension. Of course you know that saturated fats are in most fast foods and unfortunately these are the foods we eat most. As these fats accumulate in your arterial system this causes hypertension. More serious conditions can occur such as a stroke. So, when you reduce hypertension your really preventing much more serious damage to your body.
Herbal Teas - Oolong and Green teas are easy to find and highly effective in reducing hypertension. The reason is simple, it's called oxidation. Free radicals are in all of us, they enter from the air, water, food, bacteria, viruses, etc.. Oxidation causes arterial hardening which causes hypertension. Fighting oxidation with teas is one of the easiest ways to reduce hypertension, the key to getting the most benefit is finding a quality tea. Cheap tea bags are not much better than hot water itself. These teas usually contain the tea leaf rhine, you want the fresh ground leaf. A good online company like adagio can supply you with quality teas.
Herbs and Spices - again, nature has provided all the natural ingredients for you to reduce your hypertension. Garlic, cinnamon, olive oil, ginger are just a few common herbs you can use to lower your blood pressure. The caveat here is to be careful if your taking medication. Some drugs will thin your blood, some of these herbs will do the same thing, thus you might thin your blood to much and nullify the benefits. Check with your doctor in these cases.
Supplements - we don't always have the time to eat all the right foods, supplements are the next best thing. They are named appropriately, supplements. A supplement is just that, it's in addition to your main source of nutrition, food. Mineral supplements of calcium, magnesium and potassium are widely used to reduce hypertension. This a another area you'll find that experts have mixed views about it. I don't think you'll find any argument with vitamin C. This is one of the best antioxidants and it's water soluble. This means whatever your body can't use your body will get rid of it without harming other organs. Trying to clear out a cold, I have taken more than 10,000 units a day of vitamin C for 3 days straight with only watery stools as a side effect.
Detoxification - you'll get mixed opinions about this, but I do believe anytime you can take the toxic strain off your body it has to help your overall health. On the pro side of this, many holistic professionals say infrared heat stimulates circulation which in turn helps reduce hypertension. Increasing metabolism can help burn fats faster and aid your body in removing toxins. This lets your liver and kidneys work more efficiently. Again, anyone with a hypertension condition should talk it over with a professional, either a doctor or holistic MD.
There are other alternatives (which we won't expand on) that can be effective in the battle against hypertension, they are: acupuncture, massage therapy, and electromagnetic therapy.
The word Cure always has to be used cautiously because of FDA regulations, and there is good reason for this. In the alternative/supplement world there are a lot of misleading claims that cost anxious patients money and hope. Yes, a product that a manufacture knowingly knows doesn't work costs people money, and maybe even more damaging is the false hope these exaggerated claims make.
Don't Ignore Your Hypertension
Your health is your biggest asset. Taking care of your body is what health is all about, and hypertension is nothing to fool with.
The earlier you treat hypertension, the less risk you have of doing more damage to other areas of your body.
Information from both your doctor and outside sources will help you understand this disease better and help you develop a plan to reduce hypertension.
It's your body - know how it works!