Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure
Note: Please discuss any major changes to your lifestyle with your medical care provider beforehand. Especially when taking supplements, it is important to check with your doctor to make sure anything you are doing and/or consuming will not affect you negatively with your current medication/lifestyle.
With an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and more, addressing high blood pressure can feel overwhelming, to say the least. Managing your blood pressure doesn’t have to be frightening, though. With these five natural remedies, or lifestyle changes, curbing your high blood pressure to feel happier and healthier is very much possible.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “regular physical activity can lower high blood pressure by about 5 to 8 mm Hg”. Additionally, just thirty minutes of exercise a day can help prevent already elevated blood pressure from becoming high blood pressure. This can be as easy as going for a walk, or can be more intense through activities such as running, cycling, or even dancing! The Mayo Clinic also recommends adding strength training at least twice a week to your exercise routine.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a huge part of your day. Making small changes, like getting outside for a walk each day, can lower your blood pressure and boost overall energy as well as heart health.
Change Your Diet
Altering your diet to include less sodium (salt) and more potassium can help lower your high blood pressure. In fact, consuming potassium, either in fruits/vegetables or in supplement form, can aid in reducing your sodium intake. Consuming fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is essential to maintaining your blood pressure and keeping your whole body healthy and full of energy.
Drink Less Alcohol
Consuming alcohol can elevate your blood pressure, so it is important to do so in moderation. Limiting the amount of alcohol you consume will also allow blood pressure medication you may be taking to work better.
Aside from the aforementioned potassium, there are numerous other common supplements you can take to help with high blood pressure. According to Healthline, magnesium is “critical” to your body’s “blood pressure regulation”. Additionally, people with high blood pressure have been linked to low Vitamin D levels. With that in mind, consuming a Vitamin D supplement may be helpful to lower your blood pressure. Vitamin D and magnesium, taken preemptively, are also shown to help prevent high blood pressure in the first place.
Beetroot is a less common supplement (but very common food) you can consume to reduce blood pressure. Healthline states that “Athletes often take beetroot supplements to bolster exercise performance because this root vegetable improves blood flow and oxygen delivery to your muscles.” They go on to say, “beetroot supplements have been shown to reduce blood pressure in people with and without high blood pressure.”
How We Can Help
By making these small adjustments to your lifestyle, you may be able to reduce your blood pressure naturally, and we can help you! Here at Agape Nutrition, we have supplements for a plethora of conditions, including high blood pressure. Check out our magnesium and Vitamin D supplements to get started on your happy, healthy lifestyle today! As we mentioned previously, be sure to consult your healthcare provider before making any decisions.