High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong. Hypertension is also called a "silent killer'' because it does not cause symptoms unless it is severely high. High blood pressure can damage arteries, heart, kidneys, and can also lead stroke. Generally, a blood pressure reading of 120/80 is considered normal, and consistent readings above 140/90 indicate hypertension.
Initial symptom of hypertension may appear as a pain at the back of the head and neck after waking up in the morning. Other common symptoms are frequent urination, pain in the heart region, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia
, and fatigue
Many different factors can cause high blood pressure. Main causes are stress
and a sedentary lifestyle. Other causes include smoking; drinking too much alcohol; excessive intake of salt, high fat diet, tea, coffee, and refined foods; aging; low potassium, magnesium, and calcium intake. Obesity, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), and diabetes
can also lead to hypertension.
- Apple cider vinegar: Add a teaspoon of honey and 5-8 drops of apple cider vinegar to a cup of
hot water, and drink it in the early morning. It helps to reduce cholesterol, maintains vasodilation, and helps to regulate blood pressure.
- Garlic: Chew a clove of garlic daily in empty stomach along with a glass of water. This is the best remedy for high blood pressure.
- Papaya: Eat papaya first thing in the morning for few days.
- Orange and Coconut water:Mix 2 parts of orange juice with 1 part of coconut water. Drink 1/2 to 1
cup, twice or thrice a day.
- Peach juice:Add 1 teaspoon coriander and 1 pinch cardamom to 1 cup freshly
squeezed peach juice. Drink this juice 2 or 3 times a day.
- Indian gooseberry: Take 1 tablespoon fresh Indian gooseberry (amla) juice with 1 tablespoon
of honey every morning.
- Olive:Boil 5-6 leaves of olive in a cup of water for five minutes. Drink a cup of this decoction 3 times a day.
- Mango juice:Drink 1 cup mango juice, followed about an hour later by 1/2 cup warm milk, with a pinch of cardamom, a pinch of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon ghee. (Note: Skip the ghee, if the cholesterol level is high.).
- Eat well balanced diet. Eat fiber rich foods, whole grains, soy products,
fruits and vegetables.
- Take a diet rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium.
- Eat very low salt diet (Not more than one teaspoon per day. One teaspoon of
salt contains 2000 mg of sodium).
- Use sunflower, or safflower oil for cooking.
- Eat 2-3 flakes of garlic daily.
- Lose weight if necessary.
- Exercise regularly. Try 20-30 minutes of brisk walking.
- Manage stress. Try deep breathing and relaxation exercise.
- Do meditation and yoga.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Avoid high-fat foods and hydrogenated oils.
- Avoid working hard under the hot sun.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol.
- Don’t smoke.
See doctor immediately:
- Have blurred vision, insomnia or pain at the heart region.
- Having frequent urination.
- Have severe chest pain, or discomfort, pressure, squeezing, or heaviness.
- Have severe headache.
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