Get a Grasp on Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

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IMG_3667A pill for this a pill for that? My grandpa was telling me about his hypertension (high blood pressure) and how he has to take a few medications to control it. He said it would be ideal to eliminate at least one of the medications he is currently taking. Although I am not a doctor, I can share a few ways to reduce high blood pressure by incorporating some of these practices.

Did you know the more your blood pressure increases, the older your brain becomes? According to Deepak Chopra, you can reverse these biological age markers such as high blood pressure. Try incorporating meditation and exercise into your routine. Meditation helps to dilate the blood vessels, improving blood flow and thereby lowering the pressure needed to pump blood throughout the body. Exercise is especially good for high blood pressure because it raises HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and decreases blood pressure.

Try incorporating cardio and strength into your routine. Here are a few yoga poses that are helpful for lowering blood pressure:

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High blood pressure is associated with emotional disturbances. If an individual consumes more than two grams of caffeine, the heart becomes stimulated and blood vessels constrict. Shortly after, blood pressure increases. This causes a bronchial relaxation in the lungs and rapid breathing. These physiological reactions tend to develop into irritability, restlessness, insomnia, and agitation.

Food also plays a role in high blood pressure levels. Healthy fats, such as omega-3s found in avocados, salmon, and many other foods are great for reducing blood pressure. Sugar raises our blood pressure. The American culture consumes around 23 teaspoons daily! We are supposed to consume about six or less. Can you imagine popping back 23 sugar cubes? High sodium levels also increase blood pressure so decreasing salt intake can lower blood pressure levels. Garlic is a good substitute for sodium or sodium-seasonings. It contains an antioxidant that decreases the damage caused by consistently high blood pressure.

My grandpa said he will try any tips he can. He said “I think we all wish we could get off our medications.” Incorporate some of these tactics and see how your body reacts. I’ll dive into how stress has an impact on blood pressure levels next!

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