Natural ways to lower blood pressure range from diet and exercise to natural supplements to home biofeedback devices. One of the common health challenges that people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and weight problems face can be high blood pressure. If you are one of the millions of people who are suffering from high blood pressure you may be shocked at the thought of taking medication for the rest of your life to keep it within normal limits.
Use the wake-up call if you are told that you have high blood pressure to help yourself lower it via more natural means that will benefit not just your blood pressure, but your overall feelings of well being and energy.
* Stop smoking, yes it’s difficult especially if you’ve been smoking for a number of years, but it’s either give up cigarettes or watch your health decline even further. Your health care provider will be only too happy to give you advice on how to stop and there are plenty of aids and devices such as nicotine patches on the market to help you get through the tough stages. The natural way to go is Use hypnosis to stop smoking, and it can be very beneficial.
* Artichokes contain natural diuretics which assist in flushing excess sodium from your body
* Food containing essential unsaturated fatty acids such as Omega 3. This helps boost your immune system and protect your body against certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. As we discussed in recent tips, oily fish like wild Alaskan salmon is a good source of omega 3.
* Nibbling on sunflower seeds is a more healthy option than nibbling on chocolate or donuts as they are rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Carry a bag of raw unsalted seeds or even almonds or other nuts with you to work so that you aren’t tempted by junk food when you want a snack.
Biofeedback for Blood Pressure
Natural strategies like biofeedback and relaxation methods and help lower blood pressure too. Stress can also play a role in raising blood pressure — and stress reduction techniques can lower both the stress and your body’s response to it (which includes higher blood pressure in many people).
Here the options include simple things like progressive relaxation or devices that monitor the autonomic nervous system, that is the part of the nervous system that regulates your bodily function, including the tone of your blood vessels, your heart rate, and blood pressure. The idea is to lower the chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and build up the body’s ability to let go, that is, a relatively greater tone for the parasympathetic nervous system.
So, there are small portable devices such as the Stress Eraser (for heart rate variability) or Resp-ERate (for respiration rate) which help you learn when you are over-activating the sympathetic system or increasing the tone of the parasympathetic system. These devices are easy to use and show you displays that tell you when you are in the right “zone” or not. One of the benefits is lowering your blood pressure.