Hypertension, aka high blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the arteries experience extreme blood pressure regularly while circulating blood throughout the body.
The term blood pressure (b/p) refers to how hard the blood pushes up against blood vessel walls.
High blood pressure, if left unchecked/uncontrolled, can lead to a host of other health problems. Most recently scientists have discovered it may even be linked to dementia.
What's a "normal" B/P?
Normal: below 120/80
Pre-Hypertension: 120/80 - 139/89
Hypertension is broken down into to classifications: essential & secondary.
Essential hypertension are those cases of high blood pressure that can be directly linked to a cause (i.e. obesity, smoking, high stress, etc).
Those that suffer from secondary hypertension have not had the root of their illness pinpointed by a physician.
Ninety-five percent of all cases of hypertension are essential.
Common Causes of High Blood Pressure
Symptoms of Hypertension
Many people don't exhibit any symptoms, so it is important to have your b/p checked regularly by a professional just to make sure you have a clean bill of health. However some may experience the following:
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, consult your physician immediately just to be safe. Do not ignore the signs.
According to the CDC, approximately 70 million adults (and 2 million teens and children) are dealing with high blood pressure in the U.S. alone, and most do not have their high blood pressure under control.
Drinking just a cup of fresh beetroot juice daily can have amazing effects on your health. Scientist have found that its nitrate content provides the benefits for the blood pressure.
According to Natural News, after the juice is consumed, nitrate is converted into a chemical called nitrite and then to the gas nitric oxide. Once in the bloodstream, nitric oxide widens blood vessels, aids blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
Researchers are hopeful that increasing consumption of vegetables high in dietary nitrate, like beetroot juice and leafy greens, will be an easy remedy patients can employ to improve their cardiovascular health.
Beetroot juice is also high in Vitamin C, which makes it not only a natural cure for high blood pressure, but also a natural remedy for allergy relief.
Cayenne pepper is probably the fastest acting food to lower blood pressure, but also probably the least liked remedy due to its strong taste.
It is a natural vasodilator. which means that it opens up the blood vessels and improves the overall flow throughout the body. Its ability to expand the blood vessels lowers b/p.
You may try incorporating cayenne pepper into your diet by cooking with the spice, using it in a tea, adding a teaspoon to a glass of warm water, or even taking it in capsule form.
This spice has proven especially beneficial to people that suffer from diabetes, since one of its major benefits is lowering blood sugar.
However, cinnamon is showing much promise in the fight against high blood pressure too.
Although scientist have confirmed that cinnamon positively affects patients afflicted with hypertension, exactly how it does has yet to be determined.
Many believe that its insulin sensitivity enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties may contribute to its ability to lower b/p.
Considering its high nutrient content, the health benefits of coconut water are plentiful.
This cool beverage assists in the overall maintenance of good cardiovascular health.
Research has shown that those suffering from high blood pressure generally have low potassium levels. Coconut water is rich in potassium, which allows it to help manage blood pressure in the body.
These nuts have a few heart healthy components, such as flavanoids, potassium, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Flavanoids and Omega-3's have been proven to promote cardiovascular health; and potassium (as mentioned above) helps regulate blood pressure.
The monosaturated fats found in almonds lower blood cholesterol levels, as well as reduce arterial inflammation, which ultimately lowers blood pressure.
Try making your own almond milk instead of consuming cow's milk to help lower your blood pressure. If that's too much work, you can always just grab a handful everyday.
Garlic is known as the anti-viral wonder food, but it's definitely much more than a virus slayer.
It contains a powerful compound, allicin, which gives it its antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.
Allicin has anti-hypertension qualities too, which lowers cholesterol as well as blood pressure.
Always use fresh garlic. And keep in mind, cooking garlic diminishes its healing abilities.
Turmeric, also known as curcumin, drastically decreases inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a primary cause of hypertension, so turmeric, by reducing inflammation, improves cardiovascular health and helps maintain a normal blood flow.
When coupled with black pepper, turmeric expands blood vessels and sweeps any build up that may have accumulated within them.
As always, please consult your physician when making such important decisions about your health. If you have any general questions, feel free to contact us.
Also, please add any other natural remedies for hypertension that are not listed here.