Alternative High Blood Pressure Remedies Overview
Alternative high blood pressure remedies are natural (non-pharmaceutical) approaches to lowering blood pressure back to healthy levels. Given the cost and many side effects experienced from long-term use of hypertension medications it’s understandable why alternative high blood pressure remedies are becoming a popular solution to the growing problem of high blood pressure.
High blood pressure remedies fall into two basic categories: diet and exercise.
Exercise for high blood pressure
Exercise that lowers blood pressure can be either physical or mental, or a combination of the both.
Physical exercise should focus on working the cardiovascular system – get the heart beating and blood circulating. If you haven’t exercised in a long time then start with taking a walk for 30 minutes a day and work up to more strenuous exercises like jogging or hill walking if you live in hill country. At first it will seem like hard work but as time goes on it gets easier and enjoyable as your cardiovascular system gets in shape – and your blood pressure begins to drop. Sex? Yes, that could help too.
Mental exercise is important too
Other high blood pressure remedies involve mental exercises. Meditation, for example, has proven to be good for reducing stress, relaxing, and slowing down your system. Living fast and stressful lives results in higher blood pressure levels and re-programming yourself back to a more relaxed, less stressful existence can do a lot to lower blood pressure.
One mental/physical exercise to lower blood pressure that is becoming increasingly popular and promoted is slow breathing exercises. Take fifteen minutes a day off to breathe at a rate of approximately 6 breaths a minute and over a few weeks the cumulative effect is a reduction in blood pressure. This approach has now gained general acceptance and promotion. Drug stores sell machines to assist you in your slow breathing exercises. You can also purchase audio tapes with relaxing music and breathing cues to follow along with.
UPDATE: I’ve created slow breathing audio tracks you can download – check them out here:
Another type of mental/physical blood pressure lowering exercise is a type of rhythmic walking. In this exercise you walk at a relaxed pace in a left/right/left/right rhythm, gently swinging your arms in co-ordination, and mentally or verbally making note of the pattern (i.e. saying left, right, left, right / yin,yang,yin,yang, etc. to yourself as you walk). Its main purpose is stress reduction but the physical exercise helps too. Practiced for 15 – 20 minutes every day the effect is a gradual reduction in blood pressure.
Diet changes for high blood pressure
Most other high blood pressure remedies involve dietary changes. Dietary changes that help lower blood pressure fall into three categories: things to stop eating or eat less of; things to eat more of; supplements.
Things to eat less of include:
- processed foods,
- fats (particularly trans-fats and saturated fats),
- baked goods (donuts, etc.),
- French fries,
- fried chicken,
- pastries (anything that contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oils),
- red meat,
- white flour,
- table salt.
Things to eat more of include:
- cayenne pepper,
- red wine,
- dark chocolate,
- naturally harvested sea salt,
- extra virgin olive oil,
- apple cider vinegar,
- oatmeal, water,
- whole grains,
- chamomile tea.
Supplements may include:
- Hawthorn tincture,
- vitamin C,
- vitamin E,
- vitamin B12,
- Folic Acid,
- Vitamin D (sunshine).
Keep in mind that just as there is no one single cause of hypertension there is also no single cure for all people. If you suffer from extremely high blood pressure be prepared to incorporate a number of high blood pressure remedies into your life.
All the remedies outlined above compliment and strengthen each other. Blood pressure does not come down overnight. But if you introduce positive changes into your life through diet and exercise you can bring your blood pressure back to healthy levels. It worked for me.
UPDATE: Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Guide
It incorporates everything discussed above – changes in what you eat and drink, exercise and being active, and lots of stress reduction and relaxation techniques and tips.
It’s based on my experiences and experiments with lowering my own blood pressure naturally, and extensive research of the latest studies by my partner.
It’s not only very comprehensive – it really does cover everything you need to know – but it’s also designed to be easy to follow.
The guide is laid out in 9 steps which you can follow at whatever pace suits you – one step a week or one a month. Some steps focus more on diet, others on exercise and relaxation, and will lead you – step-by-step – to a healthier and happier life – with lower blood pressure.
So if you’re looking to lower your blood pressure and keep it low, then this guide is for you. It will also be useful if you’re what they call ‘pre-hypertensive’ and are at risk of high blood pressure, and want to avoid developing it.
There’s no time like the present to get started. Just click here for more information (you can also download a free sample):
P.S. I’m currently including my Breathe Slow audio tracks as a free bonus!