Coping with Hypertension

High blood pressure puts countless Americans at risk of kidney failure, heart attack and stroke; however, because it sometimes occurs without any symptoms, a good number of sufferers don’t even know they have it. That being said, when patients are diagnosed, they’re generally treated with medications that produce unpleasant side-effects, such as dehydration and dizziness. If you suffer from hypertension, you can control the problem naturally by committing to lifestyle changes involving a better diet and routine exercise.

What is high blood pressure?

Simply put: the term ‘blood pressure’ represents the force a person’s blood applies to his or her artery walls. Each time a person’s heart beats; it pushes a substantial amount of blood into his or her arteries. When the heart beats, the pressure is at its zenith (systolic pressure); when the heart is briefly at rest, the pressure is at its nadir (diastolic pressure).

What is a good and bad reading?

Most people have had their blood pressure taken at the doctor’s office; however, not everyone knows what the readings mean. To get a relatively good account of your pressure levels, nurses or physicians evaluate both the systolic and diastolic pressures. Usually, they place one over the other. A reading lower than 120/80 represents normal pressure; one at or above 140/90 represents high pressure; if a patient’s diastolic pressure lands between 80 and 89 and/or his or her systolic pressure lands between 120 and 139, that patient is said to have prehypertension.

Solutions

Many people view high blood pressure as a disease, but it’s really a symptom of poor overall health. When it must, our heart increases pressure to supply our muscles and organs with enough oxygen to survive. To reduce or prevent hypertension, you need to reduce your body weight, exercise more and eat healthier foods.

If you already have high blood pressure, you should not be eating junk food, fast food, high amounts of sugar, sodas and vegetable oil. These foods increase cholesterol and promote weight gain – two potentially deadly problems for people with hypertension. To lower your blood pressure naturally, you can eat certain foods that have been proven to reduce hypertension. These include cinnamon, garlic and bananas. You should also eat a diet rich in health omega fatty acids and leafy green vegetables. You can also take all-natural herbal supplements that help combat hypertension; however, before taking a do-it-yourself approach to the problem, have your health checked by a physician.