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How to Treat High Blood Pressure Naturally

Updated on July 9, 2020
Prayer and meditation are used by many to overcome the harmful effects of stress. It is a heart healthy activity.
Prayer and meditation are used by many to overcome the harmful effects of stress. It is a heart healthy activity. | Source

What is High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (HBP), also called hypertension, is serious. Left untreated, it can lead to many life-threatening health issues.

“Blood Pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the arterial walls as the heart pumps blood. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 for a healthy adult. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 and above is considered high. But, for someone with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, a reading of 130/80 or higher needs to be addressed. High blood pressure can lead to serious damage to various parts of the body.

About 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. It typically has no warning signs or symptoms. Headaches are reported in a small number of cases. Since high blood pressure can begin before the age of twenty, a person can easily have hypertension for a long time without knowing it. Due to its lack of symptoms, the health problems caused by high blood pressure – damage to the heart, blood vessels and kidneys – often lead to its diagnosis.

Drugs and Tests Used to Treat Hypertension are Dangerous

Hypertension is unhealthy and damaging to the body. The drugs used to treat it are even worse. Their side effects may cause serious health problems, including heart failure after extended use.

Going off high blood pressure medications is also dangerous. It should be done slowly and cautiously. Dangerous spikes in blood pressure may occur when weaning off these drugs. Extremely high blood pressure during the weaning off process may require emergency hospital treatment.

The stress test used as part of the conventional treatment process is more than uncomfortable. It can be dangerous. It has caused heart attacks both during and after the test, even hours later. It cannot be used as a stand-alone diagnostic tool making it somewhat useless. According to Dr. Deepak Bhatt, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of cardiology for the VA Boston Healthcare System, “The test result is never, by itself, certain … It can’t absolutely rule it [CAD] out or diagnose it.”

Stress tests do not accurately diagnose all cases of coronary artery disease (CAD). Sometimes it even misdiagnoses people as having CAD when they do not. Positive results on stress tests always lead to more expensive testing.

While trying to find the best ways to treat your blood pressure naturally ... be sure to document your blood pressure readings regularly.
While trying to find the best ways to treat your blood pressure naturally ... be sure to document your blood pressure readings regularly. | Source

The Ankle-Brachial Test is Better

The Ankle-Brachial Test may be an effective way to verify if you have CAD. It can be done quickly and easily.

The test is performed by:

  • Taking your blood pressure normally in a seated position. Record the result of the systolic pressure (the top number).
  • Lay down flat on your back.
  • Taking your blood pressure at the ankle. Cuff should be placed right above the bone that sticks out. Record the systolic (top number) result.
  • Compare the numbers of the two: leg systolic / arm systolic. An example would be 130/120. The leg systolic measurement should be higher causing the resulting number to be greater than 1.0: 130/120 = 1.08

A resulting number greater than 1.0 indicates that the arteries are healthy.

The logic behind this test makes sense. The arteries in the legs would need to exert more pressure to move the blood through the legs than would be needed to move the blood through the arms. Additionally, signs of atherosclerosis and clotting disorders show symptoms in the legs well before anywhere else in the body. Therefore, this test is a great alternative for early detection of heart disease.

Walking is a good heart healthy activity. Communing with nature is good for the body and soul. Remember ... start easy and work into your routine.
Walking is a good heart healthy activity. Communing with nature is good for the body and soul. Remember ... start easy and work into your routine. | Source

Making Lifestyle Choices and Changes to Improve Blood Pressure

Prescribed drugs only ease the symptoms of hypertension. They do not deal with the underlying cause.

If you have high blood pressure, consider these questions:

  • Are you stressed?
  • Are you dehydrated from not drinking enough water?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you eating a lot of processed foods?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you exercise regularly?

All of these things are important to consider if you have high blood pressure. Fortunately, all of these things are totally within your control to change as well.

Treating and Preventing High Blood Pressure … Naturally

If you have high blood pressure, or you want to prevent it, there are things you can do to control it naturally.

Let’s look at them now.

  • If you are overweight, lose those excess pounds. Eat frequent smaller and healthier meals that include lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Do not skip meals. Do not use diet products. Avoid sugar and products containing sugar and corn syrup. Avoid processed foods.
  • Practice meditation and deep breathing as a way to reduce and eliminate stress.
  • Drink more water. Avoid caffeinated beverages. They are dehydrating.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Exercise regularly – 3 or more times per week. If you do not currently have an exercise regimen, begin slowly and work your way up in intensity and duration. Walking is an excellent cardiac exercise that is free and easy.
  • Use unprocessed sea salt instead of regular table salt. If you have high blood pressure, eliminate all processed sodium sources such as monosodium glutamate.

Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years. | Source

Try a Garlic Supplement to Improve your Heart Health

A garlic supplement, such a Garlique, enables you to take full advantage of the benefits of garlic without the bad breath often associated with it. Garlique is one of the garlic supplements that also addresses the problem of belching that often accompanies the use of garlic supplements.

Herbs and Supplements to Treat and Prevent High Blood Pressure

In addition to the lifestyle changes discussed, herbs and supplements can be used to boost your heart health.

  • Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Garlic is a key herb used for heart and cardiovascular health. When taken regularly, it also has moderate blood pressure lowering abilities.
  • Hawthorn is an excellent herb for overall heart health.
  • American ginseng (panax quinquefolius) has been used medicinally for over two thousand years. In China, Panax ginseng is widely used as a tonic for the heart and blood vessels. It is also used to increase calmness and reduce stress. The American ginseng variant is used to reduce cholesterol levels, normalize blood pressure, and improve heart health.
  • L-taurine regulates blood pressure. It also balances the sodium and potassium levels in the blood.
  • CoQ10 is a great heart tonic. It is beneficial when weaning off blood pressure medications.
  • Cayenne is used to regulate blood pressure.
  • Vitamin E acts as a blood thinner. It is used to normalize blood pressure. It should be avoided by women during menstruation.

In closing ….

Taking control of your blood pressure is clearly within your grasp. It can be done easily and naturally. By applying these simple tips and techniques, you will be well on your way to a new level of heart health.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, RTalloni.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 months ago from Texas

      I am glad that you have found relief from your pain. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, FlourishAnyway. Like that name by the way. Natural is always better. I really believe that. I beat cancer without chemo or radiation. They wanted to do both before and after the mastectomy.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 months ago from Texas

      Sounds like you are doing great things to stay healthy Brian. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 months ago from Texas

      I think natural is always better. As you know, I beat cancer naturally.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 months ago from Texas

      I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it useful!

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago

      Taking a look options for alternatives to medicine when a health issue arrives is important business. Thanks for this on high blood pressure.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Mary615 - I think that pets can be relaxing as well .... except when they are trying to help me type. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for an interesting article. As our bodies are so wonderfully made, we are all different and what is good for some people is not for others. For instance, my gastroenterologist has sent me to his dietician and I'm on a FODMAPs diet, which means that my intake of fruit, and even some vegetables is restricted as they contain the wrong kind of sugars for my body. Incidentally, it's wonderful what a difference this diet has made. After having had intermittent really uncomfortable pains in my tummy since about age ten, it's so wonderful that they are no more! That diet is well worth sticking to! Possibly it even helps reduce my blood pressure problem.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Very informative article. I try to avoid HBP by not eating salt, and I have a dog ( some exerts say we should have a pet to lower our BP).

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      Good information. I used to take my blood pressure at work and it was quite high, but when I quit it normalized. Stress can really impact health. You provided some good natural choices here.

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      I will refer to this article again if I ever have high blood pressure. Thanks for the information.

      I do walk for about a mile most days, alternating between brisk and lickety-split, and I do eat a variety of fresh produce.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I had high blood pressure due to stress. I found meditation and prayer helped tremendously. Your natural remedies are useful and healthy. Thank you.

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      Mike Russo 

      5 years ago from Placentia California

      I have what is known as essential hypertension and labile blood pressure. That means they don't know what causes it and it can fluctuate. My mother had it, and my two brothers have it. I don't know if it is psychosomatic or not.

      The doctors call it the white coat syndrome. When I go the doctors office, I start thinking about taking my blood pressure about a week before the appointment. I'm always wrestling with what if it is high. So by the time I have it taken , it is high, like 170 over 90.

      I also take my blood pressure about once a week at home and it is always in the normal range and has been as low as 110 over 65,. I record it so I can show it to the doctor. I have been on medication since 1980. I take 80 mg of Valsartan, once daily and 50 mg of metoperol, one at night and one in the morning. The doctor does not seemed to be concerned as long as I continue on my meds and record my BP at home.

      Thanks for posting this. Voting up, useful and sharing.

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