BP Basics

Lower Blood Pressure, Naturally

If you suffer from hypertension, you are at a risk of complications such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney failure.  It is very important that you take steps to lower your blood pressure. Generally, doctors prescribe medicines for lowering blood pressure. Medicines are required to lower high blood pressure of a severe nature.

In case your blood pressure is moderately high, then you may avoid the side effects of medication and take steps to lower your blood pressure, naturally.

Natural treatment of high blood pressure advocates changes in diet and lifestyle. It focuses on mild exercise for thirty minutes everyday. If blood pressure has been diagnosed at an early stage and is of moderate nature, then you may consider natural treatment as an alternative to blood pressure medications.

Some of the steps that you can take to control blood pressure without resorting to medication are as follows.

These steps are very simple and can be followed by any body irrespective of their age

Drink plenty of water. This will help to excrete the salt from your blood through urination. Salt results in water retention. Drinking plenty of water actually helps to reduce the volume of water in your body. The body retains water as a natural response to not having enough water. As a result, drinking more water actually results in helping the body to get rid of excess water.

Exercise on a regular basis. Exercising on a regular basis helps to remove the excess cholesterol from the blood stream, thereby reducing high blood pressure. Physical activity promotes a sense of well being. Physical exercise will help you to slim down and perspire. An early morning brisk walk is a great way to get exercise.  You should however, consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.

Limit the amount of alcohol that you consume to two drinks per day. Excessive alcohol increases the heart rate and may adversely affect the blood pressure level.

Increase the portion of fruit and vegetables in your diet. These two food groups provide you with vitamins, minerals and essential fiber. The next time that you feel like having a snack, reach for an apple or a heart healthy banana.

Limit the use of table salt in your diet. Try alternative flavoring agents such as herbs. Avoid eating too many processed foods as these are high in sodium.

 Last but certainly not the least, if you smoke, kick the habit. Smoking results in arterial constriction and contributes to hypertension.