Thursday, 2 March 2017

High Blood Pressure Home Remedies that really works

As we all know heart is the main organ that circulates blood to other parts of human body, which is necessary to sustain life. Heart functions in two ways – it pumps blood out into the arteries with every beat and secondly when the heart rests between the beats and blood is drawn back into the muscle. With the circulation of blood essential nutrients and oxygen are supplied to all the cells and the organs in our body. Simultaneously waste and carbon dioxide are removed too. The pressure created with heart beats that pumps blood through arteries and the veins is the blood pressure of our body. But when heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through the body, this way of functioning is known as high blood pressure or hypertension.


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Hypertension is a silent killer that could cause heart attack, heart stroke or damage the walls of arteries. The healthy arteries are made of semi flexible muscle. When someone is suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension the high force of blood causes strain in the walls of arteries. Due to the strain tiny tears could appear in blood vessels that are also known as vascular scarring. It increases the risk of blood clots as the vascular scarring leaves tissue that catch harmful things like cholesterol, plaque and other blood cells. With repeated increase in blood pressure the walls of arteries become weak and the tissue gets damaged. It leads depletion in supply of oxygen due to which blockage or build up of plaque occurs in parts of the arteries. As fresh oxygenated blood is not supplied to the arteries it leads to high blood pressure thereby increasing the risk of heart attack or the stroke.


Across the world large number of adults have health problems due to hypertension. Around 90 to 95 % cases are categorised as primary hypertension, while remaining percentage could be due to other symptoms like kidney disease. This mysterious silent killer – hypertension could be avoided by bringing about some changes in the lifestyle such as regulating the diet and doing exercise. At the beginning stage natural treatment could be helpful to regulate the blood pressure causing hypertension. You could try following natural treatments :
Blood Pressure Reading

There are two forces that pump blood, which are known as systole and diastole respectively. As we know, heart functions in two ways – it pumps blood out into the arteries with every beat and secondly when the heart rests between the beats and the heart muscle is refilled with blood to be pumped out again. While systolic shows higher number, it is diastole that is lower number. Systolic or the higher number refers to the force of blood being pumped out into the arteries. Diastole or the lower number refers to the force when heart rests and the heart muscle is refilling with blood. The systolic number of 120 or less is said to be normal, while the diastolic number of 80 or less is normal. Systolic or diastolic reading higher than this leads to high blood pressure or hypertension.
1. Coconut Water

Coconut water is being used as a natural energy drink owing to its properties of potassium, magnesium and minerals that help regulate functioning of muscles. Coconut water is the liquid found inside green, unripe coconut that retains the natural benefits of the fruit in organic and raw form. At the same time it has low level of fat, carbohydrate and calorie. Due to these properties, it helps lower the blood pressure, particularly the effect of systolic blood pressure and also regulates the force that takes place when heart pumps blood to other parts of the body. Although there are limited studies about affect of coconut water on hypertension, many people have felt its effect to lower the blood pressure. It could be taken as a remedy for high blood pressure.

What you need

  • * 8 ounces of fresh organic coconut water.

Dose

You could take the suggested quantity of coconut water twice daily – in the morning and at night as well. Anything taken in the morning is much beneficial from health point of view but you could take it daily at night too.
2. Garlic

Garlic is beneficial in many health problems including hypertension due to the organosulphur-sulfur containing compound allicin. However, when eaten raw the health benefits could not be reaped because allicin becomes inactive when it comes in contact with a substance with a pH lower than 3 such as our stomach acid. But you could get proper amount of allicin by taking tablet form of garlic with results that lowers blood pressure. Studies say that 1.8 milligrams per dose lower blood pressure by 10 % within 12 weeks.



What you need

* Quality garlic tablets

Dose

As suggested on the bottle.
3. Watermelon

A summer fruit, watermelon contains an organic compound citrulline, an a-amino acid that was first detected in 1914. When you eat watermelon, the body converts citrulline to the amino acid L-arginine, which is a forerunner to nitric oxide. The citrulline found in water melon gets converted into arginine that leads to production of nitric oxide. It is nitric oxide that helps blood vessels widen and thereby reduce vascular resistance. In fact, nitric oxide improves the vascular systematic resistance with smooth flow of blood through entire body in general and the pumping of blood from heart in particular. Thus, intake of watermelon helps regulate the blood pressure.

What you need

* Fresh water melon

Dose

Eat water melon in the morning when your stomach is empty. If having a device, you could observe the blood pressure at home or get it checked outside to feel the change.
4. Ginger-Cardamom Tea

Both ginger and cardamom are warming spices that improve circulation of blood in body. Taking black tea prepared from ginger and cardamom helps improve blood pressure. This is probably because of presence of heavy concentration of flavonoid. Having hot, spicy tea during chilly winter could be a cheer. However, if your are having blood pressure that leans towards the more severe side of the scale, caffeine could be harmful in comparison to the benefit. Result of studies conducted in 2009 that were published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics has also shown positive result to regulate blood pressure. As part of the studies, a group of people consumed 1 teaspoon cardamom powder daily for some weeks. During the period, their blood pressure remained well under control.

What you need

* 1 teaspoon of cardamom pods

* ½ teaspoon ginger powder or 2 teaspoons minced ginger

* 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

* 1 or 2 cup milk

* 1 or 2 cup water

* 1 ½ tablespoons black tea or 1 teabag

* 2 teaspoons of honey and mortar and pestle.

Method

Compress the cardamom and add it to other suggested ingredients except honey. Mix all the ingredients and boil for about 10 minutes. When colour of the boiling mixture turns brown, strain it into a mug. Add honey for taste. You could take it once or twice daily.
5. Salt Control

Food without salt spoils the taste. But consuming too much salt could be a problem due to presence of chemical component sodium. It is excess quantity of sodium that creates fluid balance disorder in the body. When you have excess quantity of salt more water is needed to flush it from the system. For this extra water is drained form the surrounding tissues that increases the volume of liquid. Due to increased volume of liquid heart has to put extra effort to pump the blood leading to high blood pressure.



While eating, many people use table salt to sprinkle on food items like salad, some fruits like papaya and guava or when presence of salt is dull in food. But using table salt is not the real cause of high blood pressure because it is only around 6 % of the total amount of salt that we consume daily. Remaining amount of salt you get through the processed food. While the upper limit of sodium intake is 2300 milligrams for men and women above the age of 50 years, sometimes people jump the limit upto 5500 milligrams or even more, while consuming processed food items like meat, stuffing, potatoes and the gravy. People above the age of 50 years should consume less than ½ teaspoon of salt daily. Apart from this, you should also be cautious while consuming low fat or low sugar labelled food items because it is not dead sure that these products do not have excess amount of sodium. It is sweet, spicy, salty or the sour flavour that tempts to have a taste of the food items. But maintaining balance between tongue and the selection of food is very important to regulate the blood pressure.


Not only people above the age of 50 years but it should be a habit right from childhood to consume balance amount of salt. Food items like chips, pizza, burgar, soups, sauces and other fried items are most favourites of the young generation. A study reveals that more salt you eat, more you need. A new born baby does not have a taste of salt at least upto six months since birth. Children who eat fruits and vegetables have less interest in salty food that those who consume processed or the readymade food. So, you should have balanced eating habits since childhood that would help regulate the blood pressure with growing age.

What you need

* Control upon yourself and the will power to remain healthy.

Suggestion

Switch to home cooked meals rather than processed food items available in market. Be sure that sodium level is around 2300 milligram, while buying labelled food items.
6. Hibiscus



For natural treatment of high blood pressure hibiscus is a known answer to people across the globe. It functions like a diuretic that draws sodium from the bloodstream. It also acts similar to the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, the very common pharmaceutical drugs used to regulate the blood pressure. Drawing of sodium reduces the pressure on arterial walls, slows down the ACE and helps normalize rennin-angiotensin system is a hormone system in body that regulates blood pressure and the fluid balance. It helps relax the blood vessels and reduce the volume of blood due to which blood pressure decreases. Although not having potency similar to the ACE drugs, hibiscus is effective to very extent in regulating the blood pressure.

What you need

* 1- 2 teaspoon dried hibiscus

* 1 cup hot water

* Lemon, honey or if desired 1-2 cinnamon sticks

Method

Boil the water and mix hibiscus. If using cinnamon sticks, also add this to the mixture. Let the mixture steep for about 5 minutes. You could add honey or lemon for taste. Drink this mixture twice or thrice daily. During summer, you will like this mixture, sipping as good as iced tea.
7. Fish Oil

Fish oil has the properties of omega – 3 fatty acids that has successfully been used for lowering blood pressure, reducing triglycerides and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol in the body. It lowers the risk of heart attacks or the strokes. Patients who have undergone a heart transplant have also been suggested to take fish oil and lower the risk of hypertension. You could have fish oil supplement or get it by eating fish. Species of fishes like herring, anchovy, mullet, bluefish, sturgeon, menhaden, sardines, sturgeon, salmon, tuna, mackerel are rich in omega – 3 fatty acid. About 3.5 ounces of fish contain 1 gram of omega – 3 fatty acid.

What you need

* Fish oil of good quality that contain the beneficial omega – 3 fatty acid.

Method

You could add orange juice to the fish oil. Take appropriate dose of fish oil as suggested on the wrapper of the bottle.
8. Hawthorn

The ingredients found in hawthorn – a staple herb include flavonoids, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) and quercetin that help reduce blood pressure and stimulate heart. The flavonoids present in hawthorn are particularly beneficial in various forms of heart disease like palpitations, arrhythmia, to improve function of capillaries and regulate glucosemetabolism. Most importantly, it reduces arterial blood pressure and the risk of hypertension. The flavonoids widen the blood vessels that reduces pressure on arteries.

You could prepare small size balls of hawthorn powder by mixing other ingredients like cinnamon and ginger or take it in the form of tea. In both forms hawthorn helps in smooth blood circulation.

What you need

* Powder of hawthorn berry – 4 tablespoons

* Cinnamon powder – 1 or ½ tablespoons

* Powder of cocoa or carob

* Pure Honey

* Water

Method

Mix the suggested quantities of hawthorn and the cinnamon powders in a bowl. Make a paste of the powders by adding adequate quantity of honey and water. Later add cocoa or the carob powder to thicken the mixture so that you could make small balls similar to the size of your index fingernail. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and dry them at a very low temperature (nor more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit) in an oven. Store in a glass jar at a cool place away from direct sunlight.
9. Exercise

It is a practical experience that by doing exercise you could ensue smooth functioning of the muscles. As we know heart is also a giant muscle, you could make it strong by doing exercise. A strong heart pumps blood with less effort that reduces the force exerted on arteries. By doing exercise you could not only maintain good condition of heart but also regulate the blood pressure and lower the systolic reading by an average of 4 to 9 millimetres of mercury (a unit of measuring blood pressure). Another good aspect of exercise is that you could maintain weight, which is good for heart and the arteries.

What you need

* Regularity and determination.

Suggestion

Spare at least 30 minutes everyday for exercise. You do not need to labour very hard like running a marathon. Just do some exercises that increase your rate of respiration. Remember, you could get the benefit only till the routine continues so make it a habit to do exercise regularly.
10. Cat’s Claw Decoction

The thorns of a woody climbing vine known as Uncaria Tomentosa that is mostly found in South and the Central America has hook like thorns and resemble the claws of a cat. Results of test tube studies have proved that it has property of being a gentle diuretic that helps get rid of surplus salt and water in the body and reduces high blood pressure. It has also the properties of tannins and flavonoid that help regulate the blood pressure. It ensures smooth flow of blood by widening the blood vessels, a process that is known as vasodilation. People using the herb as a natural remedy in its native habitat for a long time have reaped the benefits.



You could prepare a decoction by adding flavour to get the benefit. While making tea, you boiling the mixture for about 5-10 minutes is enough. But you will have to boil this herb for about 45-50 minutes because it is made from tough fibrous and woody parts such as bark or the roots. But be cautious while looking for it, because several other plants are also known as cats claw. So, match the plant you find with the scientific name. Also ensure it is ecologically sustainable. Pregnant women should avoid using this herb.

What you need
Dried herb – 1-2 tablespoons
Cold water – 1 ½ – 2 cups
Honey or lemon for taste

Method

Boil the herb with water in a saucepan over low heat for about 45-50 minutes. Strain the liquid and mix lemon or honey if desired for taste. Take this mixture once daily.
11. Blueberry Syrup

As we know, syrup is a thick liquid with sweet, sour or sometimes bitter taste. It is home made syrup that could give maximum benefit of herbs and spices. To get natural benefit with delicious taste is something that homemade syrup is known for. Blueberries have the properties of flavonoid quercetin that helps widen the blood vessels and reduce pressure on arteries. To make your heart extra healthy, elderberries could be added, as they have greater properties than we know for just keeping off cold and flu.

What you need

* Water – 4 cups

* Dried blueberries – 8 tablespoon, or

* dried blueberries and elderberries – 4 tablespoon each

* honey – 1 cup

* A pot, strainer and airtight lid glass jar.

Method

Boil the dried berries with water on low heat till the liquid dries at least half. While straining the liquid press berries so that extra juice could be extracted. Collect the liquid into a pot. Add honey and once again heat the mixture so that it gets mixed up well. If you want the syrup to be thicker heat the mixture on medium heat for about 20 minutes. But if you want the syrup to be slightly thinner there is no need to heat the mixture of honey and the berry juice. Collect the syrup in a bottle and keep that in a refrigerator for upto 4 weeks. You could take 1 tablespoon syrup two times a day.'


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