Hypertension, known as high blood pressure, is a condition that affects the heart and can lead to further cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack or stroke. There are no recognizable symptoms to signal if someone is affected by this condition, and it is important to visit a doctor and take a blood pressure reading at least once every year. If you are someone who suffers from hypertension, you are also able to purchase a blood pressure monitor of your own to keep track of your levels at home.

Being educated and aware of this condition is the first step in improving your health. While there are a number of medications that can be used to treat hypertension, it can also cause insomnia and dizziness. Hypertension is heavily influenced by lifestyle choices, and opting to go the natural way can be very beneficial.

 

Do some regular exercise

 

Regular cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow through your heart and oxygenates your entire body. Exercising does not have to be hard, it can be as simple as taking 30 minutes out of your day to go for a walk or swim! If you need some motivation, invite a friend to start doing it with you.

 

Get calm

 

The increase of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline can cause a spike in blood pressure levels. Take some time to do something that will calm your mind every day, whether it is taking 10 minutes to breathe/meditate, dancing or playing music or spending time. Living a hectic lifestyle is more damaging to the mind that you would think, and learning how to manage your stress  is key in reducing stress levels.

 

Indulge in dark chocolate

 

Yep, you heard right. Chocolate. Not the kind you get in the supermarket full of sugar and additives, but actual cacao is full of flavanols that protect blood vessels from damage and regulates metabolisms related to blood flow. Sugar can trigger blood pressure levels, so the next time you are craving a sweet treat, grab some dark chocolate or cacao nibs that you can add in your morning cereal or smoothie.

 

Cut down on caffeine

 

We drink coffee to increase our energy levels, that is a fact. Regular coffee drinkers would have experienced the instant rush (or anxiety) that can sometimes happen… and it is regular drinking that can cause a long-term effect on blood pressure levels. Reduce your coffee intake and replace it with a comforting cup of tea or even decaf coffee instead.

 

Cut down on fatty foods

 

A high-carbohydrate and fatty diet is not recommended for those with hypertension. This is because carbohydrates are converted to sugar when being digested in the body. Switch to a low-carb diet and prioritise eating delicious heart-healthy foods such salmon, chickpeas, berries and avocados.

These are just a few of many natural ways that someone is able to relieve their high-blood pressure. They are so simple and in the long-run, will lead to a clarity of mind and a healthier physical body.

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