Top 3 Natural Treatments for Hypertension

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Did you know that, in contrast to one mechanism that lowers high blood pressure, the human body has multiple physiological systems to detect and elevate low blood pressure? This fact might be a little perplexing because millions of people worldwide receive diagnoses and treatments for hypertension each year. Why do humans have only one means of combating such a pervasive health issue? The solution is straightforward: The body was much more prone to hypotension than hypertension during the thousands of years that humans have been evolving, so we developed various internal systems to “fix” the issue. However, during the past 100 years, significant dietary and lifestyle changes have turned that tendency upside-down, and as a result, we now find ourselves questioning the only physiological mechanism created to protect us from the hypertensive effects on our blood pressure. According to evolutionary theory, the human body has not had the time to evolve to such drastic alterations. Therefore, hypertension patients, today take prescriptions that only provide a short-term solution, essentially disguising the underlying causes of high blood pressure. This is not precisely the best method to solve a long-term issue. The number of folks taking blood pressure meds without realizing there are numerous simple alternatives to treat their hypertension without using drugs or medical intervention is what I find most startling.

Before going any further, allow me to emphasize that some fundamental guidelines for keeping healthy blood pressure are considered “givens” in all medical disciplines. These fundamentals, including limiting coffee and alcohol intake and quitting smoking, are generally known in the public sphere. They include avoiding excessive sodium intake and frequent exercise. There is little doubt that these factors directly impact cardiovascular health. But there’s more to think about than that, so let’s delve deeper and find more therapeutic and preventative approaches to deal with the high blood pressure problem. Here are my top three recommendations for my clients, loved ones, and friends:

1. FOOD – I know this is a vast topic, and I could write a whole book on it! These are the key points: Increase your vegetable intake, particularly the green leafy variety, bursting with vitamins and elements essential for cardiovascular health. They have high potassium content, which helps balance the body’s sodium levels. For the best Omega Fatty Acid consumption, cook with healthy fats that lower cholesterol levels, including coconut and olive oil, and add a high-quality fish oil as a supplement. These fats have been found to lower LDL cholesterol while raising HDL and triglyceride levels, reducing the risk of arterial plaque buildup and lowering blood pressure. Studies have shown that the nitrates in beets, flavonoids in berries, and mono-saturated fats in almonds are all very helpful in treating and preventing hypertension and that these foods can lower patients’ systolic/diastolic readings as soon as 20 minutes after ingestion. Since green tea has many health advantages, including decreasing blood pressure, I also include it in this category. Researchers found a clear difference between hypertensive patients who drank eight oz. Of unsweetened green tea every day and those who didn’t think in terms of their blood pressure reduction.

2. MANAGE STRESS – We all have to live with everyday stressors. Stress directly impacts blood pressure, and those of us who struggle to control our daily stress are much more likely to develop hypertension. Exercise releases mood-enhancing endorphins, releases tension, and soothes the mind, making it one of the finest ways to reduce stress. Too sedentary lifestyles are associated with increased depression, difficulty managing anxiety, and poorer cardiovascular health. Yoga and meditation are two practices that many of my patients find effective for decreasing blood pressure because they help balance energy levels and control the impact of stressors on the mind and body. Since it may be done almost anywhere at any time, meditation has been utilized for thousands of years to improve physical and mental health. A straightforward technique called mindful meditation can help manage high blood pressure brought on by stress by synchronizing the mind with the breath and heartbeat. It is possible to practice mindful meditation, whether sitting at a desk or moving about the city. The book “You Are Here” by famous meditation instructor Thich Nhat Hahn is a fascinating read on mindful meditation.

3. CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT – Several promising research suggests that chiropractic adjustment of a misaligned atlas (C1) vertebrae can lower systolic and diastolic pressures in hypertension patients. A vertebral misalignment in the neck’s atlas region will lessen communication effectiveness from the body to the brain (and vice versa), affecting blood pressure regulation. Connective neuron pathways that relay information from baroreceptors in the heart to the brain are located in this region. Long recognized by chiropractors, this phenomenon has now been supported by investigations conducted by medical research teams. According to a University of Chicago Hospitals article, “local research of 50 people with a misaligned Atlas vertebra (placed high in the neck) and high blood pressure found that blood pressure fell dramatically following a one-time specialist chiropractic adjustment. The reduction was the same as taking two blood pressure medications simultaneously. The results are released online in the Journal of Human Hypertension’s March 2, 2007 issue. The results of UCH are consistent with those of other studies in the area and indicate positive outcomes after chiropractic manipulation for the treatment of hypertension.

It’s critical to understand that a variety of lifestyle and health decisions can have an impact on high blood pressure. Patients with hypertension should be informed that other options exist besides taking prescription medicine to treat their condition. We can increase awareness of the effectiveness of natural treatments in managing a condition that affects millions of people worldwide by educating our patients, family members, and friends. This will enable people to pursue a course of treatment that best suits their preferences rather than solely relying on pharmaceutical intervention.

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