Can you treat blood pressure naturally?
If you have high blood pressure, you should start by taking the medication that has been prescribed by your doctor. These will help avoid the serious complications that hypertension can cause if not treated.
There are lifestyle changes that you can make a positive impact in the long term. In some cases, you might even be able to reduce your dosage or stop taking blood pressure medication completely, at some point. Some lifestyle changes that can help to reduce blood pressure include:
- Quit smoking - one of the effects of tobacco is a short-term increase in blood pressure and heart rate. On top of this, the chemicals in cigarettes can damage your arteries and cause them to narrow, increasing your blood pressure.
- Cut back on alcohol - make sure your alcohol consumption is within recommended limits (17 units for men and 11 for women per week)
- Weight loss - ensure your BMI is within normal limits (21 - 25)
- Have a healthy diet - increase the intake of fruit and vegetables, reduce the intake of dietary fat, increase the fibre content of your diet.
- Reduce your salt intake
- Avoid stress - practice relaxation therapies
- Exercise regularly - at least 30 minutes every day of fairly vigorous exercise.
You might come across a few herbal supplements that state that they can substitute high blood pressure medication. This is not true, as many of them are not safe. If you’re not feeling well using your current medication, talk to your doctor, they will be able to prescribe something different.
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