7 Powerful Home Remedies For Hypertension
Your blood moves through your veins and arteries. The amount of pressure that the blood is exerting on those veins and arteries is called blood pressure, and it’s reflective of how hard your heart is working, according to the University of California San Francisco. If your blood is putting more pressure than normal on your veins and arteries you have high blood pressure.
Hypertension is a more severe case of high blood pressure. While it’s normal for most people to have elevated blood pressures after exercising or in stressful situations, hypertension is a problem because your blood pressure is high (meaning your heart is working extra hard) when it shouldn’t be. If left untreated hypertension can be very dangerous.
Note: You should always talk to a medical professional if you are concerned about your blood pressure.
Here are a few ways you can treat hypertension symptoms at home:
One of the best ways to lower your blood pressure is to relax. Studies have shown that deep breathing is a great way to slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. Aim for at least 10 minutes of deep breathing and quiet relaxation a day.
2. Nix the Caffeine
According to the Mayo Clinic, the effects of caffeine on blood pressure are unclear, but researchers suspect that the ingredient could at least slightly elevate your heart rate. Try reducing caffeine or opting for an herbal tea instead of your morning coffee.
It may seem counterintuitive to work out when working out will increase your heart rate and by default, your blood pressure. But, studies show that regular exercise (even a brisk walk a few times per week) can reduce your risk for full-blown hypertension and help lower your blood pressure. If you have a more severe case of hypertension, talk to your doctor first.
Some people opt for self-hypnosis techniques to reduce stress, eliminate bad habits and improve sleep. You can work with a professional or check out some CDs from the library.
5. Eat more fiber
Some 25 studies have shown that increasing dietary fiber can safely reduce blood pressure, according to WebMD. Dietary fiber helps your digestive system work better and can make you feel fuller, so it’s easier to lose weight (which also helps lower your blood pressure).
6. Stop Smoking
It’s no secret that nicotine affects your heart. Studies have shown that nicotine increases your heart rate and raises your blood pressure. One of the quickest ways to help lower your blood pressure is to kick the habit, according to Web MD.
7. Eat your foods unsalted
A leading cause of high blood pressure and hypertension is a diet high in salt. Your body holds onto fluids when it needs to accommodate additional salt in the system, this puts extra pressure on the veins and arteries. Reducing your salt intake can ease some of that pressure.