The force with which blood moves through a person’s body is called blood pressure.
Your arteries will become weaker over time if the force is too strong for too long.
According to the statistics, 70 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure, which means almost 1 of every 3 individuals. In Canada it’s 1 in 6 individuals.
High blood pressure, or also know as hypertension, increases the risk or stroke, kidney failure, heart disease and artherosclerosis. This is why people should take proper care and to manage this condition in order to prevent life-threatening illness.
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Two Types of Hypertension
Hypertension can be acquired through a high-risk lifestyle or hereditary. There are 2 types of hypertension: primary/essential and secondary. There is no apparent cause for primary hypertenstion and over the years it tends to develop more. On the other hand, secondary hypertension is usually associated with some conditions like:
- Excessive use of alcohol or drugs of any kind
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Tobacco use
- Kidney problems
- Adrenal gland tumors
- There are several risk factors for high blood pressure:
- Race – high blood pressure is more common in African Americans than white Americans
- Thyroid problems
- Too much salt
- Other chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease
- Certain congenital blood defects
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Chronic vitamin D and/or potassium deficiency over time
You might ask, what are you supposed to do with high blood pressure when medications can kill you faster?
There’s a lot you can do!
How to Manage High Blood Pressure
According to studies, regular consumption of fruits and vegetables will help you reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The reason are the anti-inflammatory effects of the group of phytonutrients called anthocyanins.
You can find a list of 10 proven foods that reduce blood pressure here.
1.Lower your salt intake. A 2012 study concluded:“Dietary salt intake reduction can delay or prevent the incidence of antihypertensive therapy, can facilitate blood pressure reduction in hypertensive patients receiving medical therapy, and may represent a simple cost-saving mediator to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”
In order to avoid salt, you can use other favorings which are much more beneficial for your health, such as nutritional yeast (which adds a nice cheesy flavor) and turmeric.
2.Exercise can’t be stressed enough.
According to one study published in 2007, exercise is a cornerstone therapy for the prevention, treatment and control of hypertension.
3.Avoid foods that exacerbate hypertension
Try to avoid processed meats, alcohol, anything with high sodium content and ramen noodles.
Go with the flow.
We will provide you with the recipe for hypertension tea. This amazing tea, not only that is delicious, but it also provides nutrients to reduce blood pressure. It is made from celery, which contains phthalides, phytonutrients that act to reduce constriction in artery walls, allowing increased blood flow.
Another great source are red dates. Potassium is a nutrient known to lessen the effect of sodium in the bloodstream, and therefore reduces the blood pressure.
- 2 ounces red dates
- 2 quarts water
- 7 ounces of organic celery
- Wash and clean celery and red dates.
- Cut celery into small sections.
- Put all ingredients in a soup pot and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the chunks from the liquid.
- Drink the tea as much as you can.