High blood pressure, or hypertension affects about 3 million Americans each year. With the rise in this disease in the recent years, many patients are searching for other forms of treatment than prescription medications. Here are some great and natural ways to help balance blood pressure.
Foods to Avoid-
- foods high in salt- Even though salt can be good for us, it's important to not overdo it. On average, Americans eat a diet with more than twice the recommended amount of salt. Many canned soups, deli meats, and processed foods can increase salt intake too much.
- excessive sugar- Whole fruits are a good way to get the proper amount of sugar. It's best to stay away from store-bought juices and processed sugars.
Foods to Increase-
- garlic- Eating garlic daily can really help manage blood pressure. I also recommend to chop up 1 clove of garlic and swallow with a chase of water. This can be done daily! It also helps strengthen the immune system.
- leafy greens- These foods promote proper kidney function and urine output.
Acupuncture treatments work to lower blood pressure and regular the cardiovascular system. Different points are used on energetic channels throughout the body to regulate the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart. It also decreases overall inflammation.
Cardio exercise is the best type to help lower blood pressure. This would include jogging, running, and getting your body moving. It helps to strengthen the muscles of the heart so they function properly. It's important to get a daily balance of cardio.
When emotions are out of balance, it causes physical imbalances. The most prominent emotions linked to high blood pressure are stress, anger, and irritability. It's so important to keep in mind our emotions. Some things that are great to manage these are exercise, diet, and acupuncture. Meditation is also a great tool to use for balancing our emotional well being. I recommend daily meditation, good for the mind, body, and spirit.