Are there any true high blood pressure cures that do not involve proverbial snake oils? Can blood pressure be cured rather than managed? Can you stop a lifelong dependency on blood pressure medication?
It is important to understand that high blood pressure does not happen to everyone, nor it is due to old age or genetics. The fate of one’s heart is very dependent on lifestyle habits, because even if with a strong family history of hypertension proper lifestyle can prevent, reverse, or even cure many cases of erratic blood pressure.
Early stages of hypertension show up as occasionally elevated numbers or number fluctuations. To learn more about this phase go to one of the articles listed in the links.
- How common is fluctuating blood pressure
- Why does my heart spike?
- Erratic circulation 101
- What hides behind fluctuating numbers
- Common causes for erratic blood pressure
If you are eager to take matters into your own hands, there is one fundamental dietary rule you have to follow before any “anti-hypertensive snake oils” found on the internet can even work for you: know WHY you ended up with an ailing heart! A few tips are in the links:
Dietary high blood pressure causes
Look at your meals with a critical eye. Are your breakfasts made of corn flakes, snacks of cookies, and dinners of mashed potatoes? Are your meats glazed with gravies and your take out foods are made of pizzas, fries or chicken wings? Is your grocery basked filled with packaged foods rather than fresh produce? Do you drink water, coffee and tea or more likely pop, sodas, and fruit juices?
If the above is all too familiar, you should now understand that one of the causes behind your high blood pressure is diet. Diet made up of nutrient-poor food and processed food is the backbone of all degenerative diseases. If you eat those on a regular basis do not expect miraculous high blood pressure cures and promising “snake oils” to work for you without addressing your diet first.
Dietary high blood pressure cures
Get your fibrous veggies daily
Examination of dietary habits of people with and without hypertension shows that people with high blood pressure usually follow low fiber diets. On a good note experiments observed that as little as four weeks of high-fibre diet can significantly lower blood pressure[i] in many individuals.
What to do: Eat 2 cups of veggies rich in soluble fiber daily. Choose from broccoli, carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, cauliflower, okra, green beans, snap peas, celery, etc. Make it a habit to have cooked or raw vegetables every day. If you eat out choose buffets or restaurants that can accommodate those requests. Do not expect your local McDonalds or KFC to work on your health and provide high blood pressure friendly meals for you. That is not what anyone is paying them for.
Put nitric oxide on your plate
Nitric oxide is a recently discovered molecule that has a significant impact on blood flow and circulation. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels and as a result lowers blood pressure. You do not have to spend tons of money on nitric oxide supplements. It is actually better to get your nitric oxide precursors from foods.
Among the best nitric oxide producers are: green leafy vegetables (eg. lettuce, kale, chard, spinach), beets, broccoli, garlic, black radish, string beans, celery and of course everyone’s favorite vegetable – dark chocolate.
What to do: have a large salad, at least one celery stalk, and a ½ cup of beets a day and see how your cardiovascular performance improves. Below is a quick cheat-sheet:
Beyond dietary high blood pressure cures
Dietary habits are very important, but they are not the only factors in development of hypertension. The state of the body and mind also has a profound effect on cardiovascular health. High stress combined with limited exercise can magnify anybody’s genetic tendencies to high blood pressure and be the proverbial final straw that broke the camel’s back.
Put some muscle on!
Did you know that physically weak people are likely to end up with heart trouble? According to Med Sci Sports Exerc study published in 2010[ii] low muscle strength is significantly correlated with high blood pressure. If you have never exercised or somehow steered away from weight lifting you have just found yet another reason behind developing high blood pressure. After all, heart is a muscle.
Other studies have pointed out that high blood pressure is also more common in people who do not take time to exercise, whether walking, jogging or other.
What to do: have a minimum of ½ hr brisk walk daily and if you are adventurous enough reach for free weights 2-3x a week. Have a few sessions with a personal trainer to get you started or find a buddy to keep you company in the gym.
Type A or perfectionist personality cannot help cure anyone’s hypertension, because stress contributes to cardiovascular disease. Stressful situations temporary elevate blood pressure and if repeated they can contribute significantly to permanent changes in cardiovascular health. Studies showed that stress-prone individuals have higher tendency to high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure. Stress management is considered now one of the most significant tools in providing high blood pressure cures[iii].
What to do: set aside time every day to play with your pet if you have one. If you have a dog or a cat do not limit yourself just to petting the animal. To get the best anti-stress effect you must be fully engaged and active: throw a ball, a stick or ruffle some feathers. It is about taking your mind and not just your hands away from daily worries.
If you do not have a pet, find a different strategy to take your mind off your worries: watch a comedy, meet with friends, stretch on a beach, or go for a bike ride. Choose whatever suits you, but remember to stay away from work or home, find an activity that is pleasurable that can, at the same time, occupy your mind. Sorry, stuffing the mouth with a tub of ice-cream, although pleasurable, will not qualify – not enough intellectual involvement.
Hypertension is reversible
High blood pressure can be reversed and you can do it two different ways. You can either spend your last dollar on supplements which are more fad than function, or make rather inexpensive changes to your lifestyle that can bring permanent and significant improvements to your heart. You will find plenty of lifestyle high blood pressure cures in The Guide to Perfecting Circulation.