A doctor can help you find the reasons you have high blood pressure and recommend medicines or lifestyle changes. Sometimes natural, homeopathic means alone can help keep blood pressure at healthy levels.
Walking, jogging, and cycling are the best and cheapest forms of exercise, helping lower blood pressure, making your heart more robust and efficient. This type of daily routine reduces pressure on your heart and arteries.
Flavanols in dark chocolate promote healthy blood flow and lower blood pressure. Only 30 calories a day of dark chocolate is sufficient.
Potassium found in leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and arugula can help decrease sodium levels in the blood, improving blood pressure. Fresh or frozen vegetables have the same amount of nutrients, but canned may have too much sodium.
Phytochemicals in hibiscus tea can help reduce systolic blood pressure. The recommended amount varies by your weight, age, and health.
Systolic blood pressure is lowered by isoflavones, estrogen=like compounds found in soy. These compounds help produce enzymes that make nitric oxide, essential for the relaxation of blood vessels.
Consuming less alcohol is vital for people with high blood pressure. Less than 14 units of alcohol, one measure of liquor, half a pint of beer, or half a glass of red wine, per week, is recommended.
Caffeine can cause a short term rise in blood pressure. Some people are affected more than others by caffeine.
Adrenaline and cortisol secretion is stimulated by stress, increasing your heart rate and narrowing blood vessels, causing a rise in blood pressure.
Nicotine can contribute to hypertension, raise blood pressure, heart rate, blood clots, the risk of heart attack, and stroke. Artery walls can be made harder, less pliable, and narrow by smoking.
The best source of vitamin D is the sun. The deficiency of vitamin D can cause elevated blood pressure. Recommendations of 600 to 800 international units a day can help keep you healthy and lower blood pressure.