Article contributed by Maddy Olson
In this day and age, we as people have become very dependent upon prescription medications to help our bodies function normally. Unfortunately, most medications mask the symptoms of what is actually happening in the body and when left untreated, can worsen. Many people out there can’t afford to even seek help as medical expenses are so high and medications cost a bundle!
One of the most widely spread diseases is heart disease and it starts as high blood pressure. There are three very distinct ways to naturally keep your blood pressure in check and reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
When first finding out that your blood pressure is elevated, we tend to be told to do things like reduce salt, stop smoking and drinking alcohol, and lose weight. Those are the obvious lifestyle changes to make. After that, the doctor hands you a prescription for medication to “force” your heart to behave or your blood cells to be more slippery. If you get to the root of the problem, you fix the problem. Our bodies were constructed to be strong working machines when they are taken care of. In our present society, we don’t take care of our bodies at all.
To lower blood pressure effectively and naturally, here are the three main things to do:
- Change your diet.
Eating “whole foods” will eliminate the chemicals that are routinely fed into the body through processed and preserved food. Cleaning up your diet can make worlds of difference. There are a few good ones to explore.
Paleo way: High protein, low carb (This one has worked well for me)
DASH Diet: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
Vegetarian: High fiber, low protein
Aerobic exercise is the best in strengthening the vascular system and keeping the heart healthy. Even 30 minutes of walking four days a week will get you on the right track. No need for fancy clothes and gym memberships, just a stretch of sidewalk will do. Perhaps take your pet with you. They probably need the exercise as well! Keeping up your strength will help as you continue to live independently at home also.
- Use natural supplements instead of medications
I am not telling you to throw your medications in the trash, but really take a look at what nature can do for you. We can take the science of history and our knowledge of today and combine them to help heal the body as nature intended. However, if you are taking certain medications now, you should check with your doctor to make sure you are safe to explore the world of natural supplements to manage your blood pressure. If you know that your pressure is running a little elevated, take matters into your own hands and start a routine that can prevent you from having to take medications that you might not be comfortable with.
- CoQ10: This supplement has been shown to reduce systolic(top number) and diastolic(bottom number) numbers in patients. These numbers tell doctors how hard your heart is working to pump the blood you need throughout your body. Being one of the most active organs in your body, the heart requires a significant amount of this co-enzyme to help cells of the heart make energy. As we age, we produce less of CoQ10 naturally and a supplement will generally give the body that extra help it needs.
- Garlic: For those taking a blood thinner medication, garlic may not be a good idea unless you get the green light from your doctor. Garlic will thin the blood so be careful. Really research the best dosage for your body.
- Hawthorn Berry: Supplementing with hawthorn berry has been proven to be a vasodilator (makes blood vessels larger or dilated). It also helps keep plaque from developing in the vessels, therefore, preventing blockages that cause heart attacks and strokes.
- Fish Oil: Many studies have linked taking extra supplements of fish oil to help provide the Omega 3 nutrients that the heart requires. The way that fish oil physically helps the body is unclear, but it has been proven to help lower triglycerides and help blood pressure. Eating fish several times a week is the best way to get those Omegas. If you take a pill form of fish oil, be sure not to exceed 2g a day. You should be getting some of this from the food you eat.
- Folic Acid: This is also called Folate and can be found in simple things like orange juice. Most multi-vitamins include this now days. You can also get it from leafy greens, beans, and grains. As with any supplement, the more you can get from your diet, the better it is for the body. Folic Acid reduces the body’s Homocysteine levels, which has been attributed to developing heart disease. People over the age of 19 should consume 400 mg a day.
- Potassium: Bananas are probably the most famous source of potassium. There are many sources of it out there, however. When you take in a good dose of potassium each day, it helps to combat sodium in the body. Since sodium is a trigger for high blood pressure, keeping that to a minimum is smart.
- Magnesium: This supplement is great for a variety of things, but it relaxes the vessels in the body so they function better and keep moving blood through the body. Sluggish veins and arteries will allow blood to pool and forming a clot is likely. Keep things soft and supple so they perform normally.
These points will all work better for you and provide results when you use them all in conjunction with one another. Exercise will be beneficial, but fixing your diet and exercising will show even better progress. You get the idea. Remember, be sure to speak with your doctor before changing anything. In my experience, there are physicians who value nature and its ability to help the body. Talking about your intentions with them keeps the line of communication open and leaves less room for anything detrimental to your health.
Maddy Olson blogs on a variety of subjects that are deep topics and can change lives. Writing about life’s greatest experiences is a very rewarding passion she enjoys. Several losses in her family to Alzheimer’s Disease has prompted her to write about the topics she has researched or practiced.
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