Hypertension is dangerous, and is a result of the blood in arteries being at a consistently elevated pressure. This is preventable, changeable, and mostly a cause of lifestyle– and, as I love about all things body related, the way to go about changing it is quite natural and encourages a lifestyle that is moreso.
Time Outdoors. UV light– erm, the SUN– alters levels of a compound called oxide in the skin and blood, naturally lowering blood pressure. God intended for us to be outside and have exposure to the sun, and that is why it feels so good, is shown to lower stress, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Stay Away from Drugs. Birth control, anti-depressants, and pain reducers are all man made, more concerned about money than how they’re affecting you. All are culprits of raising blood pressure.
Probiotics & Potassium. Good bacteria from food such as dairy/dairy alternatives was shown to lower BP in a randomized control trial. Potassium-rich foods like spinach, sweet potatoes, and avocado are also natural reducers.
Less Sodium. Aim for no more than 2000mg/day, which, when eating primarily whole foods, you won’t have to track.
No Booze. It’s interesting to note that one-two drinks seems to do nothing at all to blood pressure, where any more can skyrocket it. That’s right– our bodies aren’t intended to get drunk.
Cardio. Walking, running, swimming, biking, dancing– getting your heart rate up tones your blood vessels and is vital for health.
Prayer. A recent 2015 study showed that time in order and the Word automatically calms nerves; stressed nerves is a cause for high blood pressure. It’s no wonder at all, actually.
I used to have high blood pressure. Since having anorexia, my blood pressure is actually too low and probably always will be. The weight I lost as quickly as I did changed so much in my body and there are things I have to watch, but ultimately the above are tips for optimal health the God-intended way; not things we were meant to focus or put weight on, but just the way it’s meant to be.