Chances are if you have ever had a physical, then a smiling nurse has strapped a cuff near your bicep, inflated, deflated and then jotted down two numbers. Those two numbers represent the level of your blood pressure; the top number is called systolic pressure while the bottom number is called diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is the strength of the blood pushing against the artery walls when the heart is beating and when the heart is at rest (between beats). If the strength of the pushing blood is too aggressive then it’s classified as hypertension, and if the strength is too weak, it is classified as hypotension.
A balanced blood pressure for a healthy adult is a number reading slightly less than 120 over 80, anything over that is considered pre-hypertension to hypertension, additionally, number drastically low, such as 90 over 60 is considered hypotension. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most commonly diagnosed issues in the world today because so many things can in life can trigger an elevation – poor diet, on-going stress, anxiety, pre-existing condition, medication and pregnancy are among the top causes. Hypotension (low blood pressure) can be caused by pre-existing condition, medication, infection, poor diet or dehydration.
In the body of a hypertensive person, the heart is working too hard, putting that person at greater risk for stroke, heart attack and kidney problems. In the body of a hypotensive person, inadequate blood is being delivered to the organs, putting that person at greater risk for fatigue, organ failure and oxygen depravity. More often than not, on-going hypertension and hypotension is treated with synthetic medication, however, blood pressure can be balanced naturally. Below are ten ways in which to do so…
10 Ways to Naturally Balance your Blood Pressure:
- High Blood Pressure Diet: If you are concerned with high blood pressure – lower your consumption of sodium and fat and increase your intake of potassium rich foods along with foods rich in fiber.
- Low Blood Pressure Diet: If you are concerned with low blood pressure – increase your consumption of foods rich in vitamin C, E and B5, stay well hydrated and eat more protein.
- Maintain your Ideal Weight: Overweight persons tend to be more vulnerable to hypertension while underweight persons tend to be more vulnerable to hypotension. Strive to achieve your ideal weight and maintain it.
- Include Coconut Oil: The lauric acid, omegas and anti-inflammatory properties contained in coconut oil helps to support circulation, metabolism and artery health.
- Ditch the preservatives: Unfoods such as chips, cookies, candies, fast food, canned goods and TV dinners are often packed with synthetic ingredients that can disturb the performance of your blood pressure.
- Maintain Stress: Find healthy ways to maintain your stress – meditation, deep breathing, yoga and laughter are great ways to deter stress and anxiety.
- Eat more Nuts: Rich in fiber, protein and antioxidants, nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios as well as sunflower seeds can help control weight, balance blood pressure and low cholesterol levels while increasing energy and clarity. Avoid over-processed nuts that has been commercially salted or sweetened, instead eat raw or sprouted nuts.
- Release those Endorphins: Endorphins naturally balance the blood pressure and calms the mind, release your endorphins by working out and by including dark chocolate and chamomile tea into your diet.
- Include Apple Cider Vinegar: The world of alternative health highly values apple cider vinegar as a natural blood pressure balancer. Its properties can help cleanse the blood, stimulate organ function, detox acid and enhance energy levels. Start your day off with 2 tsp. of ACV mixed in 1/3 cup of warm water and 1 tsp. of raw honey.
- Ditch stimulants: Avoid the over-consumption of alcohol, soda and energy drinks. Quit smoking and avoid the use of medication.
Disclaimer: We make no claims that any of the suggestions above can cure any disease, please preform at your own risk and always consult with your doctor before starting or stopping a new health regiment.