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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Q: What are some ways I can lower my blood pressure without the use of prescription drugs?

A: I always try to help my patients make lifestyle changes in conjunction with medication. Patients have been able to reduce the amount of medication they need and in a few cases get off of medications completely. It’s not easy. You are committed to the task and diligent.

Here are the things you should focus on:
Don’t smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
Lose weight if you’re overweight.
Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes EVERY day).
Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat.
Limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake.
Try relaxation techniques or biofeedback.

If you need some help in structuring a diet, look to the DASH diet. It’s a well-researched approach to lowering your blood pressure. Find out the details of the diet from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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2:48PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

emailed, shared, saved.

9:02PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Thanks for the advice and helpful comments, too!

2:39PM PDT on Aug 28, 2010

Deep breathing lower blood pressure.
When I have higher BP of over 140, I can easily lower my BP by deep breathing to 120-130 over 65-75.
Apple cider vinegar sesame oil, ginger, garlic, onion, beet, curry powder, etc lower BP.
We have good reason to worry about our high BP knowing if we don"t control we have chance of having stroke and heart attack.

12:48AM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

I need to quit smoking.

8:55PM PDT on Jul 6, 2010

I too try to exercise in the morning but when I don't get enough sleep, it is hard.

8:01AM PDT on Jun 8, 2010

I am still dragging my foot for the 30-minute daily exercise. When you get home from work you just want to put up your feet and relax.

1:58AM PDT on Jun 15, 2009



9:22PM PST on Dec 12, 2008

Maybe I should really start this healthy habit and make it a daily routine. I seriously need to adapt a healthier lifestyle. But I do yoga a few times a week and blog every night to relax so I can mark off the last bullet. Thanks for a great article.

2:55PM PST on Dec 8, 2008

My grandfather used the Zona Plus to lower his blood pressure by over 50 points (a device that guides you through a special therapy)! It has been reviewed by the Harvard Health Letter and been proven in numerous clinical trials. Worth looking into!

2:23PM PST on Dec 4, 2008

My husband(aged 74) has successfully lowered his blood pressure, and cut his medication by half, with resistance exercise, ie, weights, each morning for 20 minutes.

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