High Blood Pressure Natural Solutions
High blood pressure natural solutions are not that hard to find. It seems everyone has a story about how they lowered their blood pressure by taking x or doing y. However not all these anecdotes will work for you. I have boiled them down to the ones I use in my practice and the ones I have found to be most reliable. Before we get into the details of
high blood pressure natural solutions
, we should review the most common preventable causes of high blood pressure. By eliminating these, you will reduce your chance of getting high blood pressure and for those with high blood pressure....... reduce your numbers significantly.
High blood pressure natural solutions | Remove the cause.
Cigarettes have chemicals in them that wreak havoc on the arteries. These chemicals damage the artery wall leading to
and arteriosclerosis. They also cause the arteries to constrict which increases the pressure inside.
Increased body mass cause higher pressure in the arteries for two reasons. The increased tissue pushes against the artery walls making expansion more difficult. The increased body mass requires a larger amount of blood to deliver the required nutrients to the body. This increased fluid in the artery raises the pressure.
Excess salt or sodium
Excess sodium consumption leads to fluid retention. The increased fluid raises the pressure in the arteries.
Stress and stimulants
Consuming stimulants like coffee, black tea, yerba mate, soda, energy drinks, and the like cause increased tension in the arteries. This tension is created in the arteries from stress and stimulants equally. So if you are drinking stimulants or have high stress levels, it is important to start using stress relief techniques and avoiding stimulants.
When it comes to electrolyte levels potassium works opposite of sodium. In fact potassium could act like a mild diuretic . This occurs because as potassium is reabsorbed sodium is excreted. With higher amounts of potassium more sodium is excreted. However too much potassium could lead to severe heart problems so be careful with potassium intake. Dietary sources like bananas and other fruits are a safe and effective way to keep your potassium up.
With lower activity levels the efficiency of your heart decreases. This means each contraction of the heart has to be more forceful thus increasing the blood pressure.
Alcohol causes high blood pressure for a number of different reasons. The alcohol leads to rebound anxiety which increase tension in arteries. It also causes b vitamin deficiencies and sodium retention.
Certain medications can lead to increased blood pressure from their effect on the arteries, heart rate, kidney function, or all the above.
High Blood pressure natural solutions | Herbal solutions
There are several effective and useful herbal solutions for high blood pressure. These treatments are safe however they are not without risks. Generally speaking herbal treatments are safer than medications but you should know what the potential side effects and drug interactions are. I will not be listing these risks here but feel free to email me or follow up with your personal doctor.
High blood pressure natural solutions | Hawthorne
Hawthorne is an herb that is traditionally used as a "heart tonic." In general a tonic is an herb that helps build and support the heart. This herb also has the ability to act as a mild antihypertensive. Studies show that doses as low as 500 mg daily of hawthorne extract have blood pressure lowering effects. I use this herb in my practice for patients needing mild blood pressure lowering in combination with heart notification. It has synergetic effects with many other herbs and we frequently use it in combination with other herbs as well.
The best part about this treatment is that it is very very safe. Still you should talk to your doctor before using this in place of or in combination with any blood pressure medication.
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High blood pressure natural solutions | Rauwolfia
Anther herbal favorite with some more potent effects is Rauwolfia. This herb has the ability to dramatically lower blood pressure but one should be careful with this herb. The herb works by lowering epinephrine and dopamine levels. These chemicals are also responsible for altering your mood. When in excess they cause stress and when deleted they can cause depression. In relation to blood pressure these chemicals can tighten the walls of the arteries causing high blood pressure. For those with high stress levels and high blood pressure this herb can be very helpful. I frequently use this in my practice and have seen it work quite well.
A word of caution on Rauwolfia ....... Not all Rauwolfia on the market is standardized and equally created. Therefor you should be sure what you are getting and how much you are taking before starting this herb. If you have depression or are prone to low moods, this herb is not advised for you. By decreasing the epinephrine and dopamine in your system it will lower your blood pressure but can also lead to depression. It is advised to take this under the care of a knowing physician.
High Blood pressure natural solutions | Specific nutrient solutions
Co enzyme Q-10 or CoQ10 as it is also know is an a cofactor needed to create energy throughout the body. This cofactor has particular relevance to blood pressure given the amount of heart related heart conditions it is associated with improving, such as congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse, and of course high blood pressure.
In some studies taking 100mg daily reduced blood pressure by as much as 10 points. Not all people will have such a robust blood pressure lowering effect but it remains one of my favorite nutritional supplements for lowering blood pressure because it has a heart protective effect. For most the blood pressure lowering effects are not seen until several weeks of supplementation.
The one downside with this nutrient is the cost. It can be expensive and finding cheaper sources may not be the right answer either. Because this nutrient is expensive many companies will put in fillers and other adulterations to their product diluting it down. I usually recommend starting with the more expensive option and monitoring the effect first. It you get a positive favorable effect, then you try a cheaper version and see if the results are equal.