Three Ways To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure (hypertension) is not a condition that you must live with for the rest of your life. You can use food as medicine to lower your blood pressure effectively.

Hypertension means that the force of the blood against the artery walls is elevated. Usually there are no symptoms until there is a serious complication, such as heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure.

Anti-hypertensive medications do not address the root cause of the problem, and they carry significant side effects. You will pay a high price for using pharmaceuticals as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Fortunately, it is possible to reverse high blood pressure naturally.

Take the following three steps and experience changes comparable to those seen with anti-hypertensive drugs.

1. Lower your salt intake 

The number one cause of hypertension is salt (sodium) intake. Reduce your sodium intake to less than 1500 mg per day and your blood pressure will readily improve.  Cook without salt and start reading food labels. Bread is a surprising source of sodium that wreaks havoc on your blood pressure. Avoid items for which the sodium content (mg) exceeds the calories

2. Eat greens with every meal

Leafy greens are rich in nitrate, a compound that converts to nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide dilates the blood vessels and safely lowers your blood pressure.Greens come in many varieties, such as arugula, lettuce, mesclun greens, basil, beet greens, Swiss chard, bok choy, kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, Napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cilantro, parsley, spinach, and asparagus.Greens repair your blood vessels and the only side effects are good ones.

3. Eat ground flaxseeds 

Ground flaxseeds have been proven to lower the blood pressure of hypertensive individuals. Flaxseeds are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid, (an omega-3 fatty acid) and fiber. Both of these elements lower your cholesterol as well as your blood pressure. To properly absorb the nutrients, buy whole flaxseeds and grind them in a coffee grinder. Eat two tablespoons a day, in your smoothies, cereal, or baked foods, and prepare to be impressed with your improved blood pressure readings.

High blood pressure is preventable and even reversible. In fact, it ought never exist. If you have hypertension, limit salt, eat greens, and sprinkle flaxseeds everyday.

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Dr. Carla Hightower, MD, MBA is a certified integrative health coach, speaker, and corporate wellness consultant. She helps busy people develop healthier lifestyle habits and use plant-based nutrition so they can heal themselves. She provides educational information through her health coaching services and an online course on diabetes. In addition she is an engaging speaker on the subject of plant-based food and healthy lifestyle habits that improve health, energy and productivity. In her prior career she practiced anesthesiology for 21 years. In the midst of that career she overcame personal health challenges by adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Also, she observed that most of her patients were suffering from preventable complications of chronic lifestyle diseases. From those experiences she is motivated to teach people how to take full control of their health through better eating and lifestyle habits.

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