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Natural ways to reduce your blood pressure

Written by Fiona

October 05 2022

High blood pressure can put a strain on your circulatory system, causing wear-and-tear on your heart, veins and arteries that can eventually result in further illness. This isn’t a problem that comes about suddenly but by the cumulative effect of lifestyle choices and behaviours over the years.

Additionally, along with lifestyle changes, certain dietary supplements have shown promise in helping to manage high blood pressure. Incorporating blood pressure supplements into your routine may offer added support in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. However, it’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen to ensure it’s safe and appropriate for your individual health needs.

You might be instructed to try to lower your blood pressure by your doctor – or you might pro-actively try to lower it yourself (though if you suspect you have a problem, it’s advisable to seek the advice of a professional). Let’s take a look at a few strategies that will help you to get your blood pressure under control.

Sleep well

Quality sleep will help you to remain healthy in a whole range of ways. But one of the more significant benefits comes in the form of lowered blood pressure. Ideally, we should aim to allow ourselves to sleep for around eight hours a day.

This tends to mean sleeping at a consistent time every night and implementing a good wind-down routine.

Try to avoid screen time as you go to bed and instead think about reading before you drop off.

Barefoot walking

Walking is among the most effective forms of exercise there is. It’s low-intensity, accessible and you can do it for as long as your schedule permits. More importantly, it can help you to get from one place to another.

Walking barefoot is claimed to be one of the most effective forms of this exercise as far as lowering blood pressure is concerned. It will help to stimulate nerve-endings on the bottom of your feet, and to avoid aches and cramps that come from having shoes that don’t fit well.

Of course, you might hesitate before walking barefoot on the streets around your home. That’s where barefoot shoes come in because they provide some of the benefits of walking barefoot, while still saving your soles.

Managing stress

If you’re consistently under a lot of stress, then it’s bound to push up your blood pressure. You can deal with this by trying to identify the source of your stress and look to reduce it. If you’re working long hours in tough conditions, for example, it might be time to look for another job.

Also, aim to cut back on things like alcohol and tobacco.

Then there are exercises that can help you to stay on top of stress, with mindfulness meditation and deep breathing techniques being popular candidates.

Nutrition

If you aren’t getting the right vitamins and minerals, then your blood pressure is going to suffer. You might get these from supplements, but the best way is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that’s composed mostly of vegetables and fruit.

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