6 Ways to Lower your Blood Pressure
6 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure, aka Hypertension, and stress go hand in hand. It goes something like this: If someone consumes a lot of sugars and grains, their insulin receptors go haywire and eventually stop working. Which means, their blood cells can’t absorb that all-important magnesium, which is one of the brains sources of stress relief.
Stressful events and situations can cause your blood pressure to rise, or spike, sometimes only temporarily. Being stressed for long periods of time can cause long term Hypertension. Which is something you don’t want!
Make your body work in a positive way
One day when you find yourself sinking in a vast ocean of stress and high blood pressure, I hope you remember my post and realize that there are ways to swim to the top of that ocean! It doesn’t take a long time either, our bodies have an incredible way of healing themselves. With some positive thinking, good health, and a little sacrifice (on your part), and you’ll be on your way to a healthier and happier you!
Now the good part!
6 Ways to Lower your Blood Pressure, Naturally!
Stop Drinking Soda!
One of the most well-known risk factors is Fructose! One 12-ounce can of soda contains about 40 grams of fructose. That’s A LOT! Eating or drinking more than 74 grams of Fructose a day greatly increases your risk of High Blood Pressure by almost 80 percent. Someone who is used to drinking a can or two a day of soda, just eliminating this from their daily intake can dramatically lower their risk of High Blood Pressure, and many other things as well!
Cayenne Pepper increases the blood flow by opening up the blood vessels. This will decrease blood pressure naturally and increases the rate at which the blood flows through your body. Just mix a half teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper in an 8-ounce glass of warm water with a teaspoon of natural honey in the morning upon waking. This also aids in digestion as well as lower your Blood Pressure! Win-Win!
Lower your intake of processed foods
Practically ALL processed food contains large amounts of Fructose, especially fruit drinks or any fruit flavored product. You’ll find Fructose all over your Supermarket, hidden, in places where you never suspected! Condiments (ketchup especially), processed meats, pasta sauces, or ANY sauces, salad dressings, bread, even the food and juice your baby eats! Be careful when ordering at fast food chains, they are Fructose overload! Challenge yourself to start reading the nutrition labels of things you are about to buy, avoid anything containing Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and vegetable and canola oils.
Omega 6:3 ratio is a very important factor. Many people get way too much Omega-6 in our daily diets, which mostly comes from vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are found in practically all processed foods, and can even be found in some Orange Juices (ew). We need to compensate for the overload of Omega-6 in our bodies and take some kind of Omega-3. By decreasing your intake of processed foods, you can cause a similar effect. A teaspoon of omega-3 oil, which is flaxseed oil, walnut oil, or the optimal option, Krill Oil, every night does more than just balance your omega rations, it helps to desensitize your insulin receptors, promotes cell rejuvenation and healthy sleep, and will help you to wake up feeling fresh and ready to take the world by storm!
Garlic, Garlic, GARLIC!
If you’re anything like me, you put garlic in EVERYTHING! If you’re feeling the effects of high blood pressure, eating garlic every day can reduce your blood pressure by about 20 points, or roughly 10 to 15 percent. When garlic is crushed it releases allicin, which decreases blood pressure and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Make sure you let your garlic sit for about 15 minutes after chopping or crushing, to allow the allicin to release. Cook on a low temperature to get the maximum benefit, as a high temperature will kill many of garlic’s healing properties. If you don’t like the taste of Garlic, or don’t want that horrid “Garlic breath”, then you can opt to take Garlic Capsules. They have the same effect as fresh garlic, and may even be better than using the real thing if you tend to overcook your food!
Apple Cider Vinegar
In addition to lowering blood pressure almost overnight, apple cider vinegar has a shit ton of other benefits! Apple cider vinegar helps with indigestion, especially if you suffer from diarrhea. It also soothes sore throats, cures hiccups instantly, and lowers cholesterol. Most importantly, it helps with you lose weight by improving your metabolism and reducing water retention, (and a healthy weight is essential to normalizing blood pressure). Take 3 teaspoons a day and it should lower your Blood Pressure significantly. If the taste is bothersome, you can mix it will a little warm water and add it to your favorite drink, NOT SODA!!
Dry Red Wine
You’ve all heard this one! Red Wine helps to reduce your Blood Pressure. But how?
Drinking red wine may increase your HDL, which are your High-Density Lipoproteins. HDL is the GOOD Cholesterol that removes plaque from the arteries which lowers your blood pressure. The part of the red wine that does the job in increasing your HDL is the alcohol. Now, when I say “Dry” Red Wine, it is the wine that is NOT sweetened (remember the fructose from above?) One glass a day ought to do it!
So there you go. Six, or should I say, Seven, ways to lower your blood pressure. I should say at this point that if you are on any type of Blood Pressure Medications prescribed by a Physician, PLEASE do NOT stop taking them! Talk with your Doctor about any of these methods to lower your blood pressure BEFORE you try them, that way you have your Doctor tracking your progress as well. It’s also the SMART thing to do!
I’ve used a few of these methods to get off the blood pressure pills, and they worked! Some of these methods are in my Keto diet plan as well, which I’ll be publishing soon, so please look for it, or subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss it! Till then, you can read my post on The Keto Diet Explained, it gives a basic introduction to what the Keto Diet is all about.
If you have another method that you’ve tried and were successful, please let me know in the comments!