Reviewing a variety of non medical treatments for high blood pressure. Exercise, diet, supplements.
There are many kinds of alternative and complementary treatments for high blood pressure, also called hypertension, but with the vastness of the internet, it’s hard to know which claims to believe and which to discount. This article should help make sense of it all.
We all know that a healthy diet is important, but sometimes we need reminders of what exactly that means, especially when faced with a health condition like high blood pressure. Making healthy food choices is easy though, once you know what to look for. A diet low in sodium and saturated fat is essential to good heart health. But don’t stop there. Be sure to get enough whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, too. Foods rich in potassium and magnesium are also important, so don’t skip your bananas or fish. Balancing your dietary needs will go a long way in lowering your blood pressure, but also in improving your overall condition.
Increasing your physical activity strengthens the heart and body, not to mention it’s good for your mind, too. If you’re new to exercising, try something low-impact to begin with, and start slow. Walking is always a good place to start, so try a stroll through the local mall, in your neighborhood, or on a treadmill if the weather isn’t nice outside. Working out for thirty minutes to an hour about four to five times a week is usually sufficient, but there’s no reason why you can’t stay active every day if you’re really having fun.
Stress plays a big role in hypertension. While we can’t always remove all the stresses of our lives, we can do a lot to help ease some of it or learn to cope better. Practice relaxation techniques, such as slow breathing and meditation, or just sitting quietly and enjoying a calm moment at home. If you’re not sure how to relax, or you want to add a little fun, too, you can try a class for tai chi, yoga, or qigong. These classes will teach you to relax your body and mind, which will help lower your blood pressure. Give these options a good month or two to truly start working; you’ll be glad you stuck with it.
Beyond the basics of healthy diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques, you can use
Omega 3 fish oil supplements to treat hypertension. It has both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which help control blood pressure and reduce the formation of plaque in the arteries.
As with all health-related information, consult your doctor before starting any sort of physical activity, diet changes, or herbal remedies.
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