5 Drug-Free Ways to Control High Blood Pressure

We do know that high blood pressure can cause heart disease. But it does not stop there. This silent killer has been liked to serious conditions such as heart attack, stroke, dementia, and kidney failure, among others. It is, in fact, the No. 1 killer in America, affecting almost 25 percent of the population, according to extensive research conducted at the University of New Mexico.

The good news is that high blood pressure can be kept in check, and it need not always be done using drugs. Here are some tried and tested ways to maintain healthy blood pressure:

Eat almonds: Almonds are low in sodium, which is notorious for sending up blood pressure. At the same time, they area rich source of potassium, which helps the heart muscles contract and nerve transmissions strong. The result of this improved heart function is that your blood pressure does not get a chance to rise above normal levels. Two ounces or one quarter cup of almonds daily is the perfect amount to consume, say nutritionists.

Drink coconut water: A†study published in the West Indian Medical Journal shows that its potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin C content make it a very heart-healthy drink. The best coconut water comes from young coconuts, which can be found in health stores and international markets.

Cook with turmeric: results of a study published in the Nutrition Journal conclusively showed that 80 mg of turmeric per day significantly lowered high blood pressure. Not only that, the curcumin in turmeric was seen to lower the risk of liver disease and Alzheimerís too. Time to reach out for that bowl of curry!

Move more: †If you exercise regularly, you are unlikely to suffer from high blood pressure. Hereís why: Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure. Moderate intensity exercise performed for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week is adequate for helping you maintain both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, say experts.

Sing in the shower. Pummel a pillow when youíre angry. Dance. Let your stress find release, but in harmless ways. When you are feeling stressed, your heart starts beating faster. As a result, your blood vessels narrow, and blood pressure shoots up. Prolonged stress can cause long-term hypertension. So, try and be mindful of your stress, and find ways to deal with it before it sets in too deep. I find watching a comedy show or spending time with children very efficient ways of reducing stress. You?


Keith H.
Keith H3 years ago

Thank You

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

Thanks for the info!

Margaret M. F.
Marge F4 years ago

Thank-you for posting yet another informative, helpful article that I shall be sharing with others.

Marsha Andrews
Marsha Andrews4 years ago

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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Carol W.
Carol W4 years ago

wonderful advise

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. I feel better already

Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

thank you

Jandrel Andrel
i Andrel4 years ago

yes, exercise and quitting smoking reduced my #'s bigtime