If you’ve just found out you have high blood pressure, then you (just like most people) may immediately turn to prescription medication as a quick remedy.
Unfortunately, though, conventional blood pressure medications come with an array of unwanted side-effects including but not limited to: insomnia, dizziness and leg cramps. No one wants to fix one problem, just to be stuck with a slew of other problems!
The best way to manage high blood pressure long term is to get to the root of the problem and take a look at what you’re doing and eating throughout your day that may be making your symptoms worse. To help you along your journey to discovering natural health alternatives, we’ve put together these top four tips for lowering blood pressure naturally.
Use breathing techniques to calm your body and mind
Most people who struggle with stress or anxiety wait until a panic attack kicks in before using breathing techniques to battle the fight or flight response.
But did you know that by using controlled breathing throughout your day, you can actually lower your blood pressure naturally and keep your body in a state of relaxation?
Whether you learn a few of the best breathing techniques like alternate nostril breathing, or you find engaging in a stress-busting activity such as yoga or tai chi is better for you, you can take control of your stress levels and in turn, help to lower your blood pressure with the power of your breath.
Explore natural herbs to lower blood pressure and manage stress
Too often we turn to the quickest prescribed solution to remedy our problems. When it comes to blood pressure, this, of course, means taking medications that may have adverse effects.
Instead, if you’re interested in exploring alternative therapies to conventional medicine, natural herbs may be a good choice for you.
Extracted from the leafy or non-leafy parts of the plant (bulb, stem, root, seeds), herbs can easily be added to your daily diet through food, teas, and infused water.
Many herbs are great for blood pressure. Our Heart Health tincture contains the powerful hawthorn herb – a century-old heart tonic that keeps your heart happy and your circulatory system in check. Our Stress remedy contains a calming tincture of the best you can find. Siberian Ginseng is excellent for keeping the heart healthy and lowering blood pressure, while ashwagandha creates a sense of calm and clarity in the mind while increasing your ability to handle stress like a boss.
We always suggest talking to your healthcare practitioner about your health concerns and goals and before starting new natural therapies!
Make smart food choices and cut back on salt
One of the main culprits of blood pressure problems is salt and even though some people may be more sensitive than others, it’s recommended you stick to a sodium intake under 1,500mg per day.
To put it into perspective, half a teaspoon of salt is already 1,200mg. But it’s not just table salt that can cause a spike in sodium, there are many foods that contain sneakily high amounts of sodium like soy sauce, yeast breads, cold cuts, cereals, soups, and all junk foods.
Garlic, onions, herbs, spices, nutritional yeast and lemon are much better alternatives to flavour your food instead of salt and you may be surprised at how tasty your meals end up being.
Also, try and include at least one of these blood pressure lowering foods into your diet on a daily basis.
Snack on chocolate… dark chocolate
Boy, do we have good news for you! You don’t have to feel too guilty about indulging in chocolate because dark chocolate contains flavonoids to make blood vessels more elastic and lower blood pressure. Just make sure it’s at least 70% cocoa and stick to half an ounce a day.
Follow these four tips and you’ll be well on your way to taking control of your health and lowering your blood pressure the natural way.