Hypertension, which occurs when the blood pressure in your arteries is too high, can lead to blood vessel diseases such as strokes, heart attacks, and leg pain caused during walking. As it does not cause any symptoms until the damage is already done, it is important to occasionally have your blood pressure checked. Although it is sometimes necessary to use medications to keep your blood pressure under control, this can often also be done naturally. In my experience, the best approach is to use medications to initially bring your blood pressure under control. Once it is normalized, natural therapies can often keep your blood pressure at a healthy level and allow you to wean off the medications.
Unfortunately, most doctors never really find or even look for the underlying cause of the elevated blood pressure. Given that they have an average of less than seven minutes per doctor visit, and that pharmaceutical companies making blood-pressure products spend a fortune teaching doctors about medications and almost nothing teaching about natural treatments, it is no surprise that most doctor's mindset is to simply give medication.
Unlike cholesterol medicines, which may be more harmful than helpful for most people, blood pressure medications actually do save a lot of lives. If you do have elevated blood pressure, I recommend adding (or continuing) the medications to lower the pressure, and then using the natural treatments below. After three months, you'll often find that you can taper off your blood pressure medications and still maintain a healthy pressure.
For starters, let's look at some of the major reversible causes of hypertension. These include:
Natural Treatments to Lower High Blood Pressure
If you are overweight, bringing your weight down by diet and exercise can be a very effective way to lower your blood pressure. Other dietary manipulations can also be helpful. These include having a high-fiber, low fat, and low sugar diet. Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can also be helpful. For a low salt diet to actually lower your blood pressure, your salt intake must be so low as to be not sustainable—and I think downright dangerous. Because of this, I would simply moderate salt intake comfortably.
Correcting nutritional deficiencies can also be very helpful in lowering high blood pressure. Using nutritional supplements with the following can be particularly helpful:
In addition, don't forget the mind/body component. Some of us are like pressure cookers, and when we close down our "steam release valve" the pressure builds up inside of us. We may look calm on the outside but actually have high blood pressure on the inside. Give yourself permission to have a good hissy fit once in awhile to blow off steam. It can help your elevated blood pressure to come down.