There are a lot of natural ways to control your blood pressure. One of the most common natural remedies is, consuming raw garlic cloves or two or three garlic capsules on a daily basis. What exactly does garlic do? It reduces spasms in the small arteries, slows pulse rate and modifies heart rhythm. However, take note that garlic is a natural blood thinner and should not be taken with any other blood thinning medications, such as, Coumadin or Trental. As with this or any of these natural remedies, you will want to talk to your doctor before adding it to your diet.
Though garlic has been proven over the years to aid in the control of high blood pressure, there are less pungent remedies, which are tasty as well. For example, watermelon juice may bring down the blood pressure in just a few day. Just cut a few slices of watermelon; add some black pepper and salt. Squeeze the juices and drink. Other fruits which you may want to add to your regular diet are oranges, grapefruits and fruits high in vitamin C, which helps lower the blood pressure. The vitamin P in the grapefruit helps tone the arteries. Other foods which are beneficial in controlling your blood pressure are greens, potatoes, beans, cabbage and okra.
A regular consumption of rice, especially brown rice, is recommended for anyone who is trying to naturally control their blood pressure. Rice is low in fat and cholesterol, and has a low sodium content. The calcium in brown rice soothes and relaxes the nervous system.
How about a little parsley punch? Simmer 1 ounce of parsley in 8 ounces of water. You can drink a few glasses a day to help maintain a healthy arterial system; the capillary blood vessels.
You can also help control and prevent high blood pressure by drinking plenty of water. Water is a natural purifier and will aid in removing toxins from your system, thus, lowering the blood pressure and your cholesterol.
Get on the move. Add an exercise routine to your day. 10 – 20 minutes a day is better than zero. If you aren’t the jumping jacks kind of person, try taking a walk or cleaning out that closet that you’ve been putting off clearing out. Just get the blood flowing.
Whichever natural remedy that you choose to aid in lowering or controlling your blood pressure, you don’t want to undo your progress by adding too much salt and fats to your meals. How does it help your blood pressure if you load you potatoes down with butter and salt? It is recommended that we not consume more than one teaspoon of salt per day. The key is moderation. I am not much of a dairy person myself, but, for those of you who are, try low-fat products and use the egg whites, instead of the whole egg, because the cholesterol is in the egg yoke. You will also want to avoid too much alcohol, instead increase your water intake and natural fruit juices.
Although it is found to effect African Americans more than other race groups, high blood pressure can develop in anyone. Therefore, everyone should get regular check ups and strive to maintain a healthy diet, low in cholesterol and salts. Doing so can often determine whether or not you will need prescription medication. It is possible to control and prevent high blood pressure through maintaining a healthy diet and exercise.