In today’s episode we are going to try to understand the theoretical meaning of blood pressure and how possible we can try to control it naturally as we do routine medical checkups alongside visiting Physicians or doctors advises and prescriptions.
Blood Pressure Defined.
It is a measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body.
Hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because most people who have hypertension, or high blood pressure, do not have any symptoms. Even though you may not feel it, it does not mean it is not there.
Your first stop to finding out if you have high blood pressure is to schedule a check-up with your primary care physician.
High blood pressure comes from an increase in resistance of the arteries. Due to this resistance, your heart has to work harder to get blood to your extremities and vital body organs. Over time, this can have detrimental effects on your body and health.
To find out if you have high blood pressure or how to manage it, consult your primary care physician first. If it’s necessary, your primary care physician will refer you to a cardiologist for additional care.
Usually consists of self-care and diuretics
Other Natural Ways To Manage It Could Include;
- Eating a healthier diet with less salt ( sodium)
- Potassium rich foods for example; garlic, celery, lemons, spinach, onions, strawberries etc
- Exercising regularly ( be active at least daily)
- Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases.
- Routine slow deep breathing.
- Zero oil intake or reduction in consumption of animal Fat.
- Hydrate enough with water throughout the day.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Taking medication prescribed by a doctor can help manage blood pressure.
- Eating leafy green vegetables (eat a healthy diet).
- Stress Management and avoid over worrying; learn to always say No to people in certain things so that your stress levels are managed.
- Quitting Smoking.
- Limiting alcohol intake.
- Home Blood pressure monitors.
- Early morning bare feet walks on stony areas so that they awake the nerves.
- Taking hibiscus tea 2-3 times a day depending on what blood pressure one has.
- Avoid self-medication prescriptions without visiting or consulting a doctor.
Why Manage Blood Pressure?
- Improve Your Heart Health
When you have high blood pressure, you are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease. Hypertension is caused by hardened arteries and hardened arteries cause hypertension. This is a vicious cycle that you have the power to break.
- Decrease Your Chance of a Stroke
77 percent of people who have their first stroke have high blood pressure. A stroke is when an area of your brain is not receiving enough blood, and therefore oxygen, to operate properly.
- This can be due to a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or an artery that broke (hemorrhagic stroke). Hypertension causes damages to these arteries that make a stroke more likely to happen.
- Protect Your Kidneys
When a person’s blood pressure is high, it can stretch the fragile filtering system of the kidneys. Over time, this stretch can become permanent causing the kidneys to be less efficient in filtering your blood. Once this happens, it is known as chronic kidney disease with the end stages requiring costly dialysis or kidney transplants.
- Improve Your Quality of Life and Increase Your Life-span
In 2013, almost 1,000 deaths per day in America were caused by hypertension. By decreasing your blood pressure and keeping it controlled, you are 25 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
- Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses
Spend a little money now and save a lot later. High blood pressure costs the nation nearly 50 billion dollars each year. By keeping your blood pressure under control now, you can reduce the amount of time you can spend in the hospital and reduce future costs.