‘Tis the season and stress is everywhere! And, yes, stress can be a huge factor where high blood pressure is concerned. So, how can you lower your blood pressure, naturally? Here are some simple and easily applied options.
First, check with your doctor if you are not already actively exercising. If you have high blood pressure, and activity is good for you, your doc will probably be on board.
WebMD says “You can do any activity you like, and you don’t need to go to a gym. As long as you’re moving around and making your heart beat a little faster or breathing harder. That includes brisk walking, jogging, swimmings, biking, lifting weights, or doing yard work.”
To pick an activity, two good questions to ask yourself are:
- What sounds like fun?
- Would you rather exercise in a group, or on your own?
No matter what you do, the first step is to decide to include exercise in your life and stick to it.
Research shows that eating foods rich in potassium, magnesium, and fiber may help control blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are high in potassium, magnesium, and fiber, and they’re low in sodium. Stick to whole fruits and vegetables. Also, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meats, and poultry are good sources of magnesium.
The DASH diet is often recommended for people with high blood pressure and some recent research indicates a modified DASH can be just as beneficial for lowering high blood pressure.
“In a study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at the UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) found that a higher fat DASH diet lowered blood pressure to the same extent as the DASH diet, but also reduced triglycerides and did not significantly raise LDL-C.”
Your diet doesn’t have to be bland and you can’t go wrong with fresh, high-quality food. It is wise, however, to avoid canned foods, processed foods, lunch meats, and fast foods.
Did you know, over 90% of cases of high blood pressure are called Primary or Essential hypertension because there is no identifiable medical cause?
Because the lifestyle and emotional factors which cause this form of high blood pressure need motivation and action on your part to change, doctors can usually only work to manage your symptoms so, for many people, this means a lifetime of medication, constant uncertainty, and concern about their future.
Working directly with your doctor, Gresham Hypnosis Center offers a one-to-one therapy between you and a specially trained Certified Hypnotension Practitioner. We can help you make changes that will help you to lower high blood pressure for good.
Together, you will address the emotional and lifestyle factors (x-factors) which contribute to your high blood pressure so that you can take back control and lower blood pressure naturally.
Your progress is carefully monitored so you get the most benefit as soon as possible, and so that you both know what is working best in your particular case.