What is the Best Natural High Blood Pressure Treatment for men over 40?
High blood pressure is running wild across the western world, a seriously life threatening symptom occurring due to a number of factors caused by our modern lifestyles. Eating a poor diet high in trans-fats, sodium, and processed sugar, lack of exercise, home and work-related stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and other drugs (be it prescription or not), all in different ways can increase blood pressure. The increased pressure in the veins and arteries of the circulatory system puts a lot of extra stress on the heart and other organs and tissues, increasing the chance of heart attacks, stroke, and other dangerous potentialities.
Luckily there is a lot that can be done to prevent and reverse high blood pressure, recovering your health and vitality through natural means. The first step is to keep track of your blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, and assess your health and health risks. There are various devices that you can wrap around your arm to automatically test blood pressure, or you can visit a health professional, among other options. A healthy blood pressure range is usually considered to be around 110/70 (the top number is the systolic, the pressure during the heartbeat, the 70 is the diastolic, the pressure in-between beats). Pre-hypertensive is 130/80 and hypertensive and above is 140/90 (meeting either number will qualify you as hypertensive). Anything 130 and over in the systolic range should be watched and worked on, anything 140 and over is getting quite dangerous.
How to Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally?
If you are a smoker, a regular drinker, live a sedentary lifestyle, or eat lots of salty food or mostly pre-made/fast food, these are by far and above the biggest things that cause high blood pressure and all the risks that come with it and more. Starting an exercise regimen may be the best thing you can do for your blood pressure (not to mention cholesterol and overall health!), just make sure that you start slow, or even better work with a professional that will keep you in a safe range. If you can still hold a conversation while working out, that isn’t a bad, albeit loose, standard for a safe intensity. Salt forces your body to retain more water in your blood stream, which increases blood pressure substantially. A single cigarette or a single drink of liquor per day can cause a serious rise in blood pressure.
Stress is another major cause for high blood pressure, the emotions and state of stress all contributing to a full hormonal and physiological response in the body that results in elevated blood pressure. Learning to find something to unload at the end of the day and work through stressful situations will be pivotal if you are a higher stress person. It’s definitely NOT an element of your health you can afford to ignore or glaze over; it is very real and very serious. Diet is a massive contributor or savior when it comes to managing your blood pressure. A plant based diet (not to say you can’t have other food items, but in a more minimal fashion), full of brightly colored fruits and vegetables and the fiber they bring is the very foundation of health, and an important key to lowering your blood pressure naturally and healthily.
In particular broccoli, celery, garlic, and cayenne pepper have been found in studies to lower blood pressure. You can also supplement with omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, cocoa, cod-liver, fish, flax and hemp oil to lower your blood pressure. You can use natural whole foods, but supplements can be an excellent tool. In particular you will want to avoid refined sugars, such as fructose when it’s not part of fruit (especially in the form of high-fructose corn syrup!). Grains and refined carbohydrates in general will seriously increase your chance of high blood pressure, especially on a regular basis. Focus on fibrous and unrefined carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats (such as hemp, chia, flax oils, nuts, and avocados).
The best ways to lower blood pressure naturally takes some time and will not necessarily be an immediate cure, but are well worth it if you want to enjoy a long and disease free life. Taking steps to lower your blood pressure naturally will be all the more worthwhile, especially because all the methods you use to accomplish it will offer a plethora of other fantastic health benefits.
Corey Walden is a licensed personal trainer dedicated to improving people’s health and quality of life. With a focus on preventing injuries, correcting misalignments and diet advice, Corey strives to improve people’s lives, and he is also a writer for a Natural Remedies, a site where he helps answer questions about natural treatments for common ailments.
Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com