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Natural fixes to lower your blood pressure

Hypertension can be due to more than obesity and lack of sleep – heavy metal toxicity and nutritional deficiencies may also have a part to play. Natural remedies can help alleviate these problems and treat hypertension naturally.

We’ve all dealt with those moments when our ‘blood pressure rises’ – times of stress, anxiety or anger that temporarily constricts the blood vessels and increase the heart rate. But situational hypertension is normal and no cause for concern. However, chronic hypertension – when your blood pressure reading is constantly over 120/80 – indicates a serious health problem.

What causes hypertension?

Medical science has yet to understand the exact causes of hypertension. However, factors such as stress, obesity, lack of exercise and/or sleep are known to be associated with the condition.

Other causes of hypertension are not as well known, include:

  • Heavy metal toxicity
    The build-up of heavy metals in the body due to environmental pollution and diet can cause health problems, including hypertension.
  • Nutritional deficiencies
    Some research indicates that a lack of nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, CoEnzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) and magnesium can lead to hypertension.

Natural therapies for hypertension

Uncontrolled hypertension is the leading risk factor for both heart attack and stroke so it is important to reduce your risk factors for hypertension and prevent severe health problems from occurring.

To keep tabs on your blood pressure, you must make holistic and sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes. Apart from this, you may consider these therapies:

  • Take your blood pressure reading daily
    Take two readings a day, one first thing in the morning and one just after diner. When taking a reading, ensure that you are calm, avoid taking any caffeine during the day or doing any exercise 30-minutes prior to taking a measurement. Record your readings. The average pressure over a two week period will be the most accurate reading.
  • Chelation therapy
    If you suffer from heavy mental toxicity, you may want to consider is oral, suppository or IV forms of chelation therapy to reduce your levels.
  • Address nutrient deficiencies
    Do you need supplements? Diagnose your supplement needs with a blood test and see if you need magnesium, Co Q10, Omega-3 fatty acids, L-arginine, calcium or potassium – nutrients that are implicated in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a serious medical condition and requires professional treatment and monitoring. Do not make any changes to your medication use, supplements, diet or lifestyle without prior consultation with your healthcare professional.

Sheeba Majmudar, Naturopath and Nutritionist at Verita Advanced Wellness. This article has been published with permission and is courtesy of Verita Advanced Wellness, a premier partner of Great Eastern “Live Great” programme.

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