High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a condition that can lead to other problems in the body if not treated. There are medications on the market, but you and your doctor may want to try to reduce it naturally before prescription intervention. Here are some suggestions for reducing your high blood pressure naturally.
What is High Blood Pressure?
The blood is pumped through your body by your heart. Smooth arterial walls allow the blood to move freely through a network of arteries, veins, capillaries and smaller vessels. When certain health risks such as high cholesterol and obesity force the blood to be pumped harder, this can damage artery walls.
The heart has to work harder to pump the same volume of blood through narrower spaces. Openings in blood vessels that contain cholesterol plaques not only inhibit the flow of blood but also threaten to turn those plaques into embolisms that can lodge in the heart, lungs or brain, leading to heart attack or stroke.
Blood pressure is a written as a fraction. It is a measure of the pressure exerted on the arterial walls as the heart contracts over the pressure exerted when the heart is as rest. The average number is 120/70. Anything higher than 140 for the systolic (top number) and 90 for the diastolic (lower number) is considered high blood pressure range.
How Can You Lower Pressure?
There are many factors that contribute to a high blood pressure number. One of those factors is weight. Having a weight that puts you in the overweight and obese categories on the BMI chart can lead to high blood pressure. Fat has poor vascularity and the heart must pump harder to infuse it with blood.
But, there is hope. You can help lower your blood pressure in a number of ways:
* Diet – You are what you eat. Avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats and sodium will help reduce the incidence of high serum cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol are oxidized in the blood forming, hard plaques on the surface of artery walls. These plaques are sticky and can trap platelets as well until clots form that force more pressure on the walls to pass the blood.
Instead, try fresh vegetables and fruits. If you must use canned, opt of the “no salt added” variety. Fresh foods have fewer if any preservatives.
* Drink water – Drinking water is like giving your body an internal shower. It is needed by all of the cells and can dilute the sodium in your diet.
* Eat whole grains – Fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels. These carbohydrates take longer to digest, stabilizing your blood sugar throughout the day.
* Exercise – Daily activity lowers your blood pressure and increases blood flow to the brain. As you lose weight, your risk factors for high blood pressure may begin to disappear.
Are you experiencing high blood pressure issues? Consult your doctor. There may be ways to lower it naturally before any medication is needed.