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Natural Alternatives Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

By Stephen R. Farris

When it comes to keeping your blood pressure regulated, there's a couple of paths you can take. You can take prescription medication prescribed by your doctor, or you can try the alternative by treating it naturally. 

This can be done through exercising more, changing your diet, cutting down on sodium intake, and a list of other natural solutions.

So if you're ready to try something new by going all-natural, take a look at a few ideas to help get you started.

Eat Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is a favorite treat for millions of people around the globe. However, to reap more of the health benefits from chocolate, dark is better. Research has shown that consuming small quantities of dark chocolate can actually benefit your heart. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which actually expand the blood vessels, thus helping to lower blood pressure.

Drop Some Weight

If you're overweight and have high blood pressure, then it might be time to consider dropping a few pounds. According to studies, just a 5 percent reduction in your body mass can make a huge change that can result in lowering your blood pressure. The results can be even better when you combine weight loss with exercise.

Smoking

Smoking can increase your chance of developing heart disease as well as cause an increase in your blood pressure for some people. So if you're a smoker, then you might consider cutting back more, or even quitting.

Eat More Berries

Berries are a delicious, juicy snack alternative. They can also be consumed by themselves or in fruit salads and other healthy dishes. Berries contain polyphenols, which is a natural plant compound found to help reduce risks of stroke, heart diseases, diabetes, and improve blood pressure. One of the best ways to reap the benefits of berries is by using them in your morning smoothie. 

In conclusion, even if you're on blood pressure medication, you can still do a few things naturally to help lower it. If you have questions about lowering your blood pressure, talk to your local doctor or chiropractor to hear some of the tips and suggestions they can offer to help get you back on track to a healthier, more active lifestyle. So what are you waiting for, get started today!  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Hill, Ga.

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