Fastest Way to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally
I started off looking for the fastest way to reduce blood pressure naturally
When I was first diagnosed with high blood pressure (175/110) I realized I had to make some changes.
I had read somewhere that garlic was helpful to lower blood pressure and too much salt raised it.
So I reduced my salt consumption and ate garlic everyday hoping that would fix it.
It didn’t. My blood pressure remained high and later on went up to 190+.
You see, we all want a simple, quick fix to our problems and of course we want to find the fastest way to reduce blood pressure naturally.
But the fact is that when it comes to high blood pressure it’s not quite so straightforward.
Well, that’s not quite true. There is one very simple way to lower your blood pressure within minutes. And that’s to breathe more slowly.
The fastest way to reduce blood pressure naturally is slow breathing
Yes, slow breathing has been shown to lower blood pressure rapidly. This is particularly relevant if you’re in a stressful situation, as when we’re stressed we tend to breathe more rapidly. And our heart rate and blood pressure rise. So taking a few slower breaths can not only help clear your head but also reduce your blood pressure and heart rate.
However, breathing more slowly can reduce your blood pressure even if you’re not stressed. To really get the full effects, studies have shown that you need to breathe slowly for at least ten to fifteen minutes.
Early evidence also suggests that doing periods of slow breathing regularly can reduce blood pressure in the long-run too. In other words, the effects can potentially be lasting.
You can read more about how slow breathing is the fastest way to reduce blood pressure naturally in this article on our sister website here: Quickest way to lower blood pressure without medication
But aren’t medications the fastest way to reduce blood pressure naturally?
Many of us assume that the fastest way to reduce blood pressure is to take medications. However, if you think prescription medication is the simple fix for high blood pressure, think again. The pharmaceutical industry has yet to produce a drug that actually cures high blood pressure.
Sure, there are pills that can lower your blood pressure – if you continue to take them day after day. But it’s not a real cure because your blood pressure will shoot back up if you stop taking them regularly. Add to that all the unpleasant side effects many of us suffer from taking these drugs and you can see why methods of lowering your blood pressure naturally are better.
Additionally, when you consider the statistic that more people die of heart disease while on anti-hypertension medications than those who aren’t on them, you realise that these medications don’t offer the protection that we might have hoped for.
Reduce blood pressure naturally and permanently
The effects of slow breathing are powerful but they wear off, unless you have been practicing it regularly for a while. Even then, if your blood pressure is seriously high, you are likely to need to support this with other measures in order to get your blood pressure down to a healthy range.
If you have high blood pressure and want to lower it without medications (or make a gradual shift from medications to natural cures), here’s the skinny: you have to move to a healthier diet and complement it with exercises.
Simply reducing salt consumption and eating a clove of garlic a day won’t cut it.
Yes, I know, superfoods are all the rage in the media, but no food is that super alone.
For example, I was asked the other day, “Does cayenne pepper reduce blood pressure?” Yes, cayenne has been shown to be beneficial to your heart and circulatory system. And yes, cayenne can help reduce your blood pressure. But no, simply taking a dose of cayenne everyday probably isn’t going to be the answer to your blood pressure problems.
The same could be said for other beneficial foods such as garlic, celery, oatmeal, bananas, apples, tomatoes, onions, dark chocolate, you-name-it. All these foods can assist in reducing your blood pressure and getting your body back in balance. But they can’t do it by themselves.
Superfoods are not enough
Mind you, I’m talking about seriously high blood pressure here. Sure, any one of these foods eaten daily might help reduce your blood pressure a few points. But is that going to be much consolation to someone banging in at 175+ systolic?
But don’t despair. Reducing your blood pressure naturally isn’t rocket science. Anyone can do it.
And no, you’re not going to have to give up everything pleasurable in life and live like a monk.
The truth is, once you start shifting to a healthy blood pressure lifestyle you’ll find yourself enjoying life more, not less. Remember, good health is the underpinning of real happiness and pleasure.
In a nutshell, you can lower your blood pressure naturally by:
- lowering your stress levels through meditation, yoga, slow breathing exercises (I prefer to use slow breathing exercises myself)
- getting your heart beating and blood flowing through physical exercise such as walking, jogging, sking, etc. (I climb the hill behind my house regularly).
- eating less bad foods such as table salt, processed foods containing trans-fats, etc.
- eating more good foods such as vegetables, olive oil, nuts and seeds, fruit, etc.
Using these techniques together I have managed to lower my blood pressure of 195 / 120 range in March 2009 to often under 120 / 80 in the course of 4 to 5 months.
How to lower your blood pressure naturally
I’ve now put together a guide to lowering your blood pressure naturally which shows you exactly how to accomplish this drop in blood pressure without becoming a slave to medications.
As I mentioned above, there can be several factors involved in high blood pressure. So the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply a broad approach – covering all causes and cures with natural home-based remedies.
It’s laid out in nine easy-to-follow steps which you can take at your own pace. Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).
Click on the link below for more information:
With the guide, you also get a set of guided slow breathing audio tracks. These are tracks with breathing prompts and background music which you can breathe along with. Remember, slow breathing is the fastest way to reduce blood pressure naturally. And doing guided slow breathing helps you to do it most effectively and for maximum benefit 🙂
I hope you find the guide and the slow breathing trracks helpful. This approach has certainly worked for me!
(PS. Cayenne photo by Maja Dumat via flickr.com)