The standard solution to hypertension is medication. Unfortunately, drugs can not cure hypertension, only help you to control your blood pressure. Medication may have negative side effects but the main problem with using medication to lower your blood pressure is that it often only works for a limited time. After some time, your blood pressure starts to increase again and you need stronger medication. This lowers your blood pressure but after some time, your blood pressure starts to increase again and you need more medication again.
In most cases, trying to lower your blood pressure naturally is a much better idea. It may not be easy but it is well worth trying. Here are a couple of things you can do.
Exercise regularly: Physical activity will in most cases lower your blood pressure slightly. It can be as easy as a brisk walk for 30 minutes, three or four times a week. Obviously, if you are fit, you can exercise more. Just remember that you need to exercise regularly, rather just than once a week. An exercise bike is a good way of exercising every day, regardless of the weather.
Healthier diet: Your diet should aim at maintaining a healthy weight. Numerous studies have shown that being overweight increases the risk of high blood pressure. Eat more fruit and vegetables, less meat. Replace red meat with fish or chicken.
Cut down on sodium: Studies have proven that sodium increases blood pressure, although not everyone is affected. Table salt is made up of about 40% sodium. Make it a habit to never add any salt to your food, try herbs and spices instead. Note that processed food contains a lot of sodium.
Reduce stress: Plenty of studies have shown that stress can increase blood pressure. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to reduce stress. The first important step is to recognize when you are stressed. Once you know what makes you stress, you can start to plan how to reduce your stress level. Try to make it a habit to start breathing deeply when you feel stressed. Meditation and relaxation exercises can often reduce stress. Don’t worry about the past, you can’t go back in time and change what has happened. Don’t worry too much about things that may go wrong in the future, most of them will never happen anyway.
Limit Alcohol Consumption: Drinking too much alcohol raises your blood pressure, and can cause a lot of other health issues as well. The same goes for smoking. Note that caffeine will temporarily increase your blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension, you don’t need any increase, temporarily or not. So limit your consumption of coffee, Coca-cola and similar beverages.