Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects millions of Americans. It costs the United States $46 billion each year. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 American adults have prehypertension. This means blood pressure levels are higher than the normal levels, but not yet in the high blood pressure range. The good news is that if you have high blood pressure, over 85 percent of high blood pressure cases can be normalized by lifestyle changes. In this article I will give you 3 simple strategies to naturally lower your blood pressure.
- Meditate Daily
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to high blood pressure. In our society, many of us live very stressful day to day lives. Stress on the body can be a good thing when it is short term, but long term stress can be very detrimental to our bodies.
Daily meditation reduces stress levels and can help lower your blood pressure to normal levels. I recommend meditating for 10-15 minutes each morning. Listen to calm/soothing music and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing, but don’t worry if your mind wanders. This will happen and does not mean you aren’t doing it correctly. As you meditate more often, you will be able to control your thoughts better.
- Drink more water
Substituting water for sugary and calorie filled drinks will dramatically help you lower your blood pressure. Water is needed by our bodies to perform all of the cellular processes. As Americans, we drink very little water and instead drink sugary, caffeinated drinks. This dehydrates our bodies and makes us have more sugar cravings.
Also, dehydration will cause your body to hold onto excess sodium. This can shut down your capillaries and put extra pressure on your arteries. These two things will raise your blood pressure.
I recommend getting a yeti insulated tumbler or any other insulated tumbler. Keep this full of water at all times. Once you run out, refill it and continue drinking throughout the day. This is a strategy that has worked wonders for me. This will make sure that you are getting plenty of water throughout the day.
- Get more direct sunlight
Vitamin D levels can have a very powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure levels. Low vitamin D levels are associated with heart disease. You can increase your levels of vitamin D by getting direct sunlight or taking a supplement.
Since we live in Florida, the best way is to take advantage of the year round sunshine. This will make sure that you are getting adequate vitamin D and will also help decrease your stress levels. Being outdoors dramatically decreases stress by getting your mind off of work and getting fresh air/oxygen.
I recommend at 3 20 minute direct sunlight sessions per week. This should give most people adequate sunlight exposure to produce enough vitamin D.
These are just 3 strategies to naturally lower blood pressure. The 3 are very simple and can be incorporated without much work and/or struggle. Obviously, diet changes and exercise are two very powerful ways to lower blood pressure. Those two tend to be more difficult things to incorporate for people.
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