Blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing against the vessel walls. High blood pressure, or hypertension, means that your heart must work harder to pump that blood through your body.
High blood pressure affects 25% of the world’s population and can lead to conditions like hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis), stroke, kidney disease, and heart failure.
Blood Pressure Ranges
Blood pressure falls into several ranges (as defined by medicine), including:
- Ideal: 120-139 / 80-89
- Elevated (pre-hypertension): 140+ / 90+
- Hypertension: 180+ / 120+
Blood Pressure – The Silent Killer
Unfortunately, high blood pressure is many times referred to as the “silent killer” with very few warning signs that develop slowly over time. Like many health conditions, by the time you notice the symptoms the cause has been there for a while and you are already in the later stages of the disease process.
Every symptom is your body doing the right thing and is an adaptation of the current environment for survival. It is important to understand that if you or someone you know has high blood pressure the goal should not be to just simply lower the blood pressure, but to find and correct the cause of the elevated blood pressure to allow the body to better adapt and regulate the blood pressure on its own.
Why Is Blood Pressure Medication Dangerous?
The worst thing that can happen is that you are given some type of medication that artificially lowers your blood pressure without addressing the cause. This will only contribute to the problem and does not affect any of the additional heath issues that come along with elevated blood pressure
Blood pressure medication also carries with it many other dangerous side effects.
4 Strategies to Help Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally
1. Target Factors You Can Control:
Smoking, being overweight, lack of exercises and movement, excess alcohol, poor diet, high emotional, physical and chemical stresses all can raise blood pressure levels. By reducing these things and living a healthier lifestyle you can change these factors.
2. Eat Foods That Lower Blood Pressure:
You are either feeding disease or feeding health. By avoiding sugary and processed foods that contain high level of salt, sugar, damaged fats and toxins you can avoid feeding disease.
Instead shift to grain free, nutrient dense whole foods that build health and help heal your body. Specific foods would include:
- omega 3 fatty acids from wild caught fish
- lots of organic leafy green vegetables
- cruciferous vegetables
- and lots of healthy fats.
3. Lower Inflammation:
Chronic inflammation can lead to high blood pressure. Help lower inflammation with spices like turmeric, sprouted flax and chia seeds, colorful vegetables, raw nuts and foods full of magnesium, potassium and other essentials nutrients.
4. Incorporate Lifestyle Factors:
Good sleep, lower stress, exercise, quality nutrition, avoiding toxins, regular chiropractic care are all lifestyle factors that can help your body normalize blood pressure.Reduce Your #BloodPressure Naturally Click To Tweet
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