Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only. Consult with a health care provider or doctor before following any of the remedies mentioned in the article as not all home remedies are clinically proven, and they may not have the same impact on everyone.
Medical science has and is developing at such an accelerated pace that many illnesses, which were incurable just a few years ago, have a cure now. Often known as hypertension, anyone, regardless of age, can have high blood pressure. With our fast-paced lifestyle, immense mental and physical pressures from work, home, and school, no wonder many people suffer from it. The adrenaline in our blood stream shoots up high. When the heart is pumping blood, the increased force is too intense for it to handle and when the blood is traveling in the large arteries, some people experience high blood pressure. Ideally, a specific level of pressure is needed to help the heart pump and circulate the blood all throughout our body. However, if the pressure increases, it can be a dangerous ordeal.
- Pregnancy (often)
- Hereditary predisposition
- Hormonal changes (in both men and women)
- Intake of salt is high
- High intake of caffeine beverages
- High intake of alcohol/alcoholic beverages
- Lack of cardiovascular and aerobic exercises
- Intake of oral contraceptives (in women)
Although there isn't any one instance or cause, any of it can pose as a risk. Which is why, if you feel heaviness in your chest, your face flushed, dizzy, have frequent headaches, fatigue without cause, and frequent nosebleeds, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible and take proper precautions.
Of course, a major change in your lifestyle is required in order to control and prevent any further risks from high blood pressure. This holds true even when your doctor has prescribed you to take the medication. Which brings us to finding answers and helpful ideas so that you don't suffer any side effects.
- First and foremost, make healthier choices when it comes to food. Regardless of any illnesses, hypertension or not, we should be careful about what foods we eat. Junk foods are good at times but in the long run, they will only be bad for us. But this solution is for the long term. As for finding a quick remedy, you can eat foods that lower blood pressure.
- Walking on green grass barefoot also works.
- Another effective method is Indian gooseberry, amla. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of amla juice with honey. You need to take this mixture very morning.
- Every morning, make a mixture of 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon ginger juice, and 1 teaspoon honey. Drink this before eating or drinking anything else, on an empty stomach.
- Yoga is an effect, alternative treatment. The asanas teach you to breathe deeply from your abdomen, relax yourself, and let go of all stress. Yoga also helps in providing more oxygen in your blood and calm you down.
- Eat fresh watermelon or papaya on an empty stomach.
- One of the best (and favorite) home remedies you can try is eating dark chocolate. Have a piece of dark chocolate to relax and calm yourself down. Dark chocolate helps in dilating blood vessels and lowering the pressure.
- Sleep with your head at least 8'' inches above the bed's level. Also, while getting up from the bed, do so very slowly and keep your feet hanging on the side of the bed for a few minutes before you get up completely.
- Count backwards. Yes, doing mental math really helps in lowering the pressure. Do any kind of metal arithmetic (subtract, add, divide, multiply) with big numbers.
- Of course, do regular cardiovascular and aerobic exercises, eat right, cut down or quit smoking and drinking alcohol completely.
Try to keep yourself as happy and calm as possible. I know that many times, it is difficult to just forget, even for a little while, about the responsibilities or worries that you may have. But find happiness in small things and try not to get irritated or concerned about each and everything.