Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Half of the adults in United States have high blood pressure. A high reading is 130 over 80 or higher and if not controlled, it can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Ivanhoe has some natural ways to lower it.

Only about one in four people have their high blood pressure under control. Medication can help, but … Daniel Munoz, MD Cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says, “Medications can be tough to take. They can be complicated to take.”

There are other ways to lower your blood pressure. First, experts recommend – Get Moving – a lot. A study from Japan found getting moderate physical exercise for only 30 to 60 minutes per week decreased it for those with untreated high blood pressure. Exercising for 61 to 90 minutes reduced it even further. Next, cut your salt intake. One common, but lesser known, cause is salt sensitivity — where the body fails to eliminate excess salt. The American Heart Association recommends an intake of no more than 2.3 grams of salt per day, with the ideal amount being 1.5 grams or less. Losing weight can also help.

William C.  Roberts, MD Executive Director, at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute says, “if everybody in America lost 10 pounds, the health of this nation would skyrocket.”

Researchers found that even losing around 4.5 pounds resulted in lowered blood pressure. Forty-two percent of the participants no longer had high blood pressure after losing the weight.

And if you love coffee, there’s some good news. A study in Italy found those who drank two to three cups of coffee per day had significantly lower blood pressure than non-coffee drinkers.

Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.


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BACKGROUND: Blood pressure values can vary significantly among individuals due to factors such as age, gender, overall health, and lifestyle choices. Normal blood pressure is typically defined as a systolic pressure below 120 mmHg and a diastolic pressure below 80 mmHg. While it is normal to rise and fall throughout the day, it can cause damage to the heart and other health issues if it stays too high for too long. Hypertension is known as blood pressure that is higher than average. Hypertension can put someone at risk for stroke and heart diseases, two of the leading causes of death in America. Almost half of adults suffer from hypertension in the U.S. and only one in four adults have their hypertension under control. High blood pressure is more common in men than women.


THE STUDY: Recent studies show there are natural ways to lower your blood pressure. While medications can help, they can be difficult to remember to take, and like most meds can have terrible side effects. A study out of Japan proved moderate exercise of up to an hour a week decreased blood pressure levels for those with untreated high blood pressure. The researchers found the longer they exercised, the further levels decreased. Cutting sodium intake has also been linked to decreasing blood pressure as a less common treatment method. Losing weight and portion control was also associated with lower blood pressure levels. Forty two percent of participants no longer had high blood pressure levels after they lost weight.


NEW REGULATIONS: New research shows that coffee consumption can lead to lower blood sugar levels. A study showed that individuals who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had lower risk of cardiovascular issues than those who drank no coffee. The caffeine in coffee can temporarily cause levels to rise, but in the long term usually leads to reduction because of the insulin sensitivity and the antioxidants the drink contains. The antioxidants in coffee heighten nitric oxide that allows blood vessel walls to dilate and lower blood pressure. The other ingredients in coffee can also aid in digestion help which can lead to weight loss, also lowering blood pressure.


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