5 Great ways to Reduce Blood Pressure: Home Remedies

What is Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the measure of the force pushing against the blood vessel walls.

5 Great ways to Reduce Blood Pressure

5 Great ways to Reduce Blood Pressure

What is the Normal range of Blood Pressure

Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg.

What is High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition where blood pressure is above the normal reading. This is the condition where the heart has to work harder to pump the blood out to the body.

What is high blood pressure

What is high blood pressure

What are the Risks Associated with High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is dangerous as it contributes to the hardening of arteries, stroke, kidney diseases, paralysis and heart failure. It is very important to manage high blood pressure as it a silent disease that may lead to death.

risks associated with high blood pressure

risks associated with high blood pressure

What are the Causes of High Blood Pressure

The exact underlying cause of high blood pressure is not known, but factors like smoking, too much dietary salt intake, obesity, stress, lack of physical activity, alcohol, family history, old age, kidney and thyroid diseases are known to contribute to the development of high blood pressure.

causes of high blood pressure

causes of high blood pressure

What are the ways to manage high blood pressure

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, here are 5 great ways to lower blood pressure beyond taking medication:

  1. Reducing weight- Blood pressure is common with the increase in weight as obesity causes poor circulation of the blood and stress to the heart. Also, it hinders breathing that further raises blood pressure. Losing weight may automatically help to reduce blood pressure.Keep an eye on your waistline as carrying much weight on your waistline increases blood pressure. You may also consult a doctor to suggest healthy waist measurement for you. Blood pressure medicines work effectively if you reduce weight.
  2. Regular exercise- research shows minimum half hour exercise five days in a week reduces blood pressure. Try to incorporate cardiovascular exercises in your routine to improve blood circulation. This will also increase your lung capacity and improve heart efficiency. One can also practice simple stretching exercise or yoga.
    Regular exercise

    Regular exercise

  3. Reduce sodium intake- Cutting salt from your diet lowers blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg. Avoid table salt or salt shaker. Say no to processed foods and make a habit of reading the label and looking for low sodium before buying prepared food.
  4. Healthy diet- Add whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low- fat milk products to your diet. Avoid foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fats.
  5. Drink at least 3-liter water- every day and avoid smoking and alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks.High blood pressure may lead to a heart attack, but there are home remedies to keep blood pressure within normal range.
    Drink at least 3-liter water every day

    Drink at least 3-liter water every day

    Below are the home remedies for the same:

What are the home remedies to treat high blood Pressure

  1. Lemons- being rich in vitamin C and antioxidant lemon lowers the chances of high blood pressure. It also keeps the blood vessels pliable and soft. It also prevents the oxidative damage by fighting the free radicals. Squeeze a lemon into a glass of warm water and drink in the morning empty stomach. Make this an every morning routine. Do not add salt or sugar to it. You may add honey to it.
    Lemons

    Lemons

  2. Banana- Banana contains potassium, Thus it lessens the effect of sodium and controls the blood pressure. Eat at least 1 banana daily. Another rich source of potassium is coconut water.
    Banana

    Banana

  3. Watermelon Seeds- Cucurbocitrin present in watermelon seeds widens the capillaries and improves the function of the kidneys. Thus, reduces blood pressure. It is also very effective in treating arthritis.
    Grind 1 tablespoon of dried watermelon seeds 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds. Mix them and Take 1 teaspoon 2 times. Once every morning empty stomach and the evening.
  4. Garlic- Garlic has been found very effective in lowering blood pressure. It relaxes blood vessels by promoting the production of hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide. You may either take a clove of garlic in raw form or may add garlic to food while cooking.
    Garlic

    Garlic

  5. Cayenne pepper- cayenne pepper maintains a smooth flow of blood and prevents the formation of plaque. Add it to salads or fruits.
  6. Onion- onion contains flavonoids and quercetin that lowers the blood pressure. Eat them raw or in cooked form. You may also drink onion juice by adding honey to it.
    Onion

    Onion

We hope you find above article important. If you have any query regarding hypertension do let us know.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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