High blood pressure and how to treat it naturally

On the occasion of World Hypertension Day 2018, let’s learn about some things you should know about hypertension long with the natural ways to control and treat it for a healthy life.

What is high blood pressure or hypertension?

Blood pressure is the pressure needed that affects the artery wall to bring blood to the tissues of the body. Blood pressure is produced by the contraction of the heart and the resistance of the arteries. This is a common condition determined by both the amount of blood that your heart pumps and the amount of blood flowing through your arteries. Basically, the more your heart pumps the blood, the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.


The causes of hypertension or high blood pressure

Today, the world has 7 million deaths each year and 1.5 billion people having high blood pressure. The exact cause of high blood pressure is unclear. However, different living conditions contribute significantly to hypertension.

Here are a few factors that may lead to this situation:

- Overweight

- Alcohol

- Stress

- Addicting to tobacco

- Family medical history of high blood pressure

- Not getting enough physical activity

- Old age

What is normal blood pressure?

According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure above 140/90 mm Hg is often considered high. When your blood pressure is high, your heart and arteries may become overloaded. This can put you at risk for certain cardiovascular diseases.

The optimum blood pressure level is below 120 / 80 mm Hg. The blood pressure from 120 / 80 mm Hg to 139 / 89mmHg is normal to high. However, it may depend on each body, so just consult your doctor about your ideal blood pressure level.


Natural ways to cure high blood pressure / hypertension

Your diet can significantly affect your blood pressure. Choosing the right diet is all you need to do to keep yourself healthy. Here is a list of what you need to do to keep your blood pressure normal.

1. Eat less salt

Consuming less salt can help you overcome high blood pressure. Eating salt increases the amount of sodium in your blood and disrupts balance, reducing the kidneys' ability to remove water, which lead to high blood pressure.

2. Add bananas to your diet

As a source of potassium, bananas are good for lowering blood pressure. To add more bananas in your diet, try cereals, banana cakes, banana breads, banana smoothie, banana milkshakes...

3. Have more green leafy vegetables

Green foods are low in calories, rich in fiber and contain nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, folate... They are known to be the main ingredients to lower and maintain blood pressure for people with hypertension.

4. Eat oatmeal

Eating a diet high in fiber can help maintain healthy blood pressure and oatmeal has miracles that can relieve systolic and diastolic pressures. So add these low-sodium foods in your pancakes, pastries, cereals... daily.

5. Enjoy watermelon

Watermelon contains an amino acid called L-citrulline that has been shown to lower blood pressure effectively. It promotes cardiovascular health because this fruit contains lycopene, fiber, potassium and vitamin A, all of which have antihypertensive effects.


By: Lily Haney

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