Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally
According to the American Heart Association nearly one out of three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or less; however, keep in mind that the pharmaceutical companies have an influence on these “normal” ranges.
Before visiting your primary care physician for blood pressure medicine, there are several important facts to consider.
Taking blood pressure medication increases your cardiovascular incidents.
Your doctor may not inform you that blood pressure medicine could cause erectile dysfunction.
However, if you are taking blood pressure medication, I suggest adding the supplement Co-Q-10, because studies show that taking 300 mg of Co- Q-10 daily reduces your cardiovascular incidents by 50%. Would you agree it may be wiser to check out some natural cures?
Here are a few suggestions to lower your blood pressure naturally:
I have treated patients for weight-loss, and they were able to stop taking their blood pressure medication. Please keep in mind that I do not suggest stopping blood pressure medication without the supervision of your doctor.
Reduce caffeine intake.
Coffee increases your blood pressure. An alternative to coffee is green tea which can actually reduce blood pressure.
Reduce salt intake.
We all need salt; however, eating large amounts of salt increases fluid retention, thus increasing blood pressure. I suggest eating natural foods instead of processed, packaged or fast foods.
Reduce consumption of alcohol.
Overconsumption of alcohol is raises blood pressure. Moderate consumption of alcohol is a better choice; however, drinking red wine in moderation is a much better alternative.
Take Omega-3 supplements.
These are polyunsaturated fatty acids which are essential nutrients for health. Omega-3s reduce blood pressure; however choose them carefully by making sure they are mercury free.
Garlic appears to reduce blood pressure. There are garlic supplements available if you do not regularly use garlic in your cooking.
Use these modalities to reduce blood pressure:
Yoga is another modality that has been shown to reduce your blood pressure.
Meditation has been shown to reduce your blood pressure by 50%. Has anyone been the doctor and had doctor suggest meditating to reduce your blood pressure?
Qi Gong and Tai Chi are a part of Ancient Chinese medicine. These exercises are known as moving meditation.
Acupuncture can reduce blood pressure. Studies show acupuncture acts directly on your energy levels (Qi) to bring them into balance, thereby promoting optimum health.
Hypnotherapy could reduce your blood pressure. Hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions have played a major role in healing for thousands of years.
Reiki is another modality that may decrease your blood pressure by working in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Aromatherapy can also help reduce blood pressure, especially essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, lemon, bergamot and eucalyptus.
Please call my office at 352-340-7471 if you have any questions regarding this article. At Dr. Laura’s Acupuncture and Holistic Practice, our services include Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy Aromatherapy, Nutritional Counseling and Reiki.
Laura Bertoncini, AP, DOM