Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, ask yourself these questions:
- Is my diet high in fat?
- Is my diet high in salt?
- Am I overweight?
- Do I smoke?
- Do I drink alcohol?
- Do I consume a lot of caffeine?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be the cause of the high blood pressure that you suffer from. Obviously there are other factors as well, such as stress and dietary deficiencies. Dietary deficiencies include potassium, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
“What is your blood pressure?” I’m finding that some people are thinking that they are suffering from high blood pressure, when in fact they are not. Too many times if your blood pressure is slightly elevated the medical community instantly diagnoses you with high blood pressure and prescribes you medication. Of course, there are cases when medication is needed. But, ultimately, changing your diet and lifestyle will get you the more permanent results of lower blood pressure.
A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80. Typically, you are considered to have high blood pressure if your blood pressure reading is 140/90. Do you know your blood pressure? If not, shame on you…go have it checked whether it be at a doctor’s office, at the local drug store (they usually have the machines near the prescription counter), or buy you a small/inexpensive cuff to test it yourself at home.
The best way to manage your blood pressure is through diet, exercise, and meditation. Yes, I said meditation. There is scientific evidence that people who meditate twice a day for 30 minutes have lower blood pressure than those who don’t. As for your diet, eat smaller, more frequent, and low fat meals. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, salt, sugar, Nutra-Sweet, fat, smoked meats, and sodas. What does that leave? It leaves things like broccoli, bananas, oranges, ried fuits, potatoes, seafood, bell peppers, avocados, celery, brown rice, and leafy greens.
What you should know…eating low fat means cutting out all the saturated and unhealthy fats not eliminating all fats. Be sure to eat foods, like avocados and nuts, that have healthy fats. Or, take an essential fatty acid supplement.
A few lifestyle and dietary keys to help manage blood pressure:
- Take a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day
- Vitamin E therapy to help regulate blood pressure – consult with a natural health practitioner for guidance
- Drink Hibiscus tea to lower blood pressure
- Take a B-complex to reduce swelling caused by high blood pressure
Probably the most important thing is to be aware of what your blood pressure is on a regular basis. And, consult a physician if you find your blood pressure consistently above 150/90.