Blood pressure is the force with which the blood moves through the human body. If this force is too strong for longer period, it will make the artery walls weaker which can be very dangerous to your health.
Statistics show that 70 million people in U.S. suffer from high blood pressure, meaning 1 in 3 adults. In Canada the number is 1 in 6 individuals.
High blood pressure is also known as hypertension poses a number of health risks, including the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and atherosclerosis. Therefore, prevention and early diagnosis is of vital importance.
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Studies have found that using certain prescription drugs, such as calcium channel blockers, for longer period increases the risk of developing cancer for 2 ½ times when compared to those who don`t take the same drugs. The risk increases with age.
Two Types of Hypertension
Hypertension can occur as a result of unhealthy lifestyle or due to hereditary factors. The two types of hypertension are primary and secondary. There is no certain cause for primary hypertension and gradually develops with age. Secondary hypertension is linked to:
- Excessive weight
- Too much alcohol or drugs of any kind
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Kidney disorders
- Adrenal gland tumors
- Thyroid disorders
- Excessive salt consumption
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Chronic vitamin D/potassium deficiency
- Congenital blood defects
HOW TO MANAGE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Studies have shown that regular consumption of vegetables and fruits will help you minimize the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
This is mainly attributed to the anti-inflammatory effects of the group of phytonutrients known as anthocyanins .
Limit your salt intake. According to a 2012 study:
“Dietary salt intake reduction can delay or prevent the incidence of antihypertensive therapy, can facilitate blood pressure reduction in hypertensive patients receiving medical therapy, and may represent a simple cost-saving mediator to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”
You can replace salt with other flavorings that are much more beneficial for your health,including nutritional yeast and turmeric.
Exercise can’t be stressed enough.
According to a 2007 study, exercise is a cornerstone therapy when it comes to the prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension.
Avoid foods that increase hypertension
Foods such as processed meats, alcohol, as well as anything with ramen noodles and high sodium content should be avoided at all cost.
Go with the flow.
We will present you the recipe for hypertension tea. This wonderful tea provides nutrients to lower blood pressure. It’s composed of celery, which has phthalides, phytonutrients that serve to reduce constriction in artery walls, thereby allowing increased blood flow.
Red dates are also equally effective. They have potassium, a nutrient that lowers the effects of sodium in the bloodstream, thereby reducing blood pressure.
- 7 ounces of organic celery
- 2 quarts water
- 2 ounces red dates
- Wash celery and red dates properly.
- Chop the celery into small pieces.
- Put all the ingredients in a soup pot and then simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the pieces from the liquid.
- Drink your tea, as much as desire.