High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition which refers to the pressure of blood against your artery walls. Hypertension is also call a silent killer because it often does not cause symptoms unless it is severely high. High blood pressure can damage arteries, heart, kidneys, and can also lead stroke. Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure reading of 120/80 is considered normal, and consistent readings above 140/90 indicate hypertension.
High Blood Pressure Causes
Common factors that can lead to high blood pressure include:
- Smoking, drinking too much alcohol.
- Stress and a sedentary lifestyle.
- High intake of salt, fat, tea, coffee, and refined foods.
- Being overweight or obesity.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Diabetes, kidney disease and thyroid disorders.
- Family history of high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Symptoms
If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including:
- Severe headaches.
- Fatigue or confusion.
- Vision problems.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Frequent urination.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Pain in the heart region
Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure
Here are 09 effective home remedies to control your high blood pressure levels:
Apple cider vinegar
Add a teaspoon of honey and 5-8 drops of apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water, and drink it in the early morning. It helps to reduce cholesterol, maintains vasodilation and helps to regulate blood pressure.
Eat one or two crushed garlic cloves daily. To avoid garlic breath in public, add minced fresh garlic to salad in the evening to avoid garlic breath in public. Or chew two or three clove of garlic daily in empty stomach along with a glass of water for better result. Sulfur containing molecules in garlic improve blood vessel function and help to keep blood pressure under control. Talk to doctor if using blood thinners before taking garlic.
Try to eat one medium-sized, raw onion daily. You can also mix one-half teaspoon each of onion juice and honey and take it twice a day for one to two weeks.
Eat two teaspoons of honey on an empty stomach each morning. You can also mix one teaspoon each of honey and ginger juice with two teaspoons of cumin seed powder. Eat it twice a day.
Orange and Coconut Water
Mix 2 parts of orange juice with 1 part of coconut water. Drink 1/2 to 1 cup, twice or thrice a day.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Take 1 tablespoon fresh Indian gooseberry (Amla) juice with 1 tablespoon of honey every morning.
Due to the presence of magnesium these seeds can cure hypertension, which is directly related to the heart health. Consumption of the watermelon seeds daily in moderate quantity helps in boosting your heart health and maintaining your blood pressure.
- Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds (khuskhus).
- Take one teaspoon of this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
According to recent research published in the journal Nutrients, consuming extra virgin olive oil can lower your systolic blood pressure.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
One of the main culprits that cause high BP is stress. Ashwagandha is rich sources of adaptogens, which help the body cope with stress and anxiety. It also boosts immunity and has a calming effect on the mind. Ashwagandha can be procured in the powdered form over the internet and also from Ayurvedic medicine stores. Mix two tablespoons of Ashwagandha powder in a glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach every morning.
Another amazing Ayurvedic medicine that offers countless health benefits is Triphala. Consuming two tablespoons of triphala powder every morning would help in maintaining normal BP levels, lessen cholesterol and plaque accumulation in the veins and the arteries. Its anti-inflammatory qualities further reduce the strain on the blood vessels.
Do’s for High Blood Pressure
- Get adequate sleep.
- Do meditation and yoga.
- Manage stress. Try deep breathing and relaxation exercise.
- Lose weight if necessary.
- Exercise regularly. Try 20-30 minutes of brisk walking.
- Eat 2-3 flakes of garlic daily.
- Use sunflower, or safflower oil for cooking.
- Eat very low salt diet and low cholesterol diet.
- Consume diet rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium.
- Have a balanced diet. Eat fiber rich foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Don’ts for High Blood Pressure
- Avoid high-fat foods and hydrogenated oils.
- Don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol.
- Avoid working hard under the hot sun.
When to See a Doctor
- Have blurred vision, insomnia or pain at the heart region.
- Having frequent urination.
See doctor immediately:
- Have severe chest pain, or discomfort, pressure, squeezing, or heaviness.
- Have severe headache.
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