Hypertension is a condition that leads to heart attacks and strokes. Many people do not know that they have it so it is advisable to have a doctor check your blood pressure regularly. If you happen to be on the other spectrum of humanity that likes to go natural then this article is a good introduction to loweing blood pressure naturally. The objections to pharmacological solutions are all centered on the risk of side effects hence the desire to go natural.
Exercising is a natural way to lower blood pressure. Some promote 30 minutes of cardio with increasing intensity while there are better workouts that promote alternating high and low intensity cardio as well as tabata exercises which promote both improving cardio functions and strength without taking as much as 30 minutes to perform. The reason for the low intensity intervals is to allow the body to rest and breathe deeply so that there is energy to expend at the high intensity portions. Incidentally, deep breathing helps reduce enzymes that cause stress. It is advisable to perform exercises first thing upon waking up when the body is at its most active, metabolically speaking.
After a heavy workout, supply the body with food. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of potassium as well as other vitamins and minerals. Try to keep the meal as balanced as possible. Stay away from the salt. Sodium is a factor in blood pressure so read the labels on the food you eat. You are free to include desserts in the first meal of the day because this is when the body burns the most energy and I recommend dark chocolate. It tastes good and is rich in antioxidants and flavonols that promote healthy blood vessels. Speaking of antioxidants, take antioxidant supplements when possible and the recommended antioxidant is the co-enzyme Q10.
A little alcohol is good for the heart. It has been observed that in autopsies of alcoholics, they have smooth blood vessels and they do not have atherosclerosis. Too much alcohol can lead to an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver so keep alcohol intake to a minimum. Drink moderately.
The energy derived from a great workout is enough to keep you away from coffee but if you do feel the need to indulge in a cup of joe, go decaf. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels and this is bad if you already have hypertension in the first place or if you are in stress or you can lower blood pressure naturally by switching to tea. Tea lowers blood pressure and is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants.
Go easy on yourself when you can. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy as the saying goes. If you can afford to, switch your overtime hours with gym time or some leisurely activities to reduce stress. You can try yoga which has a great combination of breathing and physical exercises as well as music which helps lower stress further.