by Natalie Sampson (Wellness Consultant)
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a challenge to manage. There are many options in the natural world which can support your cardiovascular health. Even if you are already taking medication you do have options to speed your recovery. Lets look at 5 tips for managing high blood pressure naturally:
Hydrating your body has a significant impact on your blood pressure. Drinking water regularly throughout the day improves your blood volume and aids in the management of hypertension. Aim for 6 to 8 glasses of water daily (1 1/2 litres to 2 litres)
Our bodies recover and repair while we sleep. 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep goes a long way to improving your blood pressure and protecting your heart. If you are struggling with insomnia have a chat with your natural health practioner and they can provide you with non-habit forming supplements to reset your sleeping patterns.
Moderate exercise daily will help to strengthen your heart and improves your circulation. Aim for 30 to 45 minutes of cardiovascular activity daily (every other day if you're just starting out). Any sort of activity that raises you heart rate and maintains an elevated heart rate counts. Remember to check with your natural health practioner before you start on any exercise regimen,
Use herbs and spices to flavour your meals. Cayenne pepper is fabulous for blood flow and circulation. Turmeric has loads of antioxidants to protect your cardiovascular system. Basil, parsley and celery seeds also have been used in research studies as adjuncts in blood pressure treatment protocols.
Prayer, meditation or quiet time plays a roll in managing stress related high blood pressure. Start your day with 15 to 20 minutes of quiet time, your choice as to how you engage in this peaceful start to your day. This practice can have an impact on your serotonin levels, your happy hormone. As your serotonin elevates your blood pressure regulates.
Try these 5 tips to get you started on your path to better health. Remember to chat with your qualiffied healthcare practioner when using natural remedies in conjunction with prescription medication.