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How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

By Sara Butler

High blood pressure is a silent killer. Beyond that catchy moniker, high blood pressure really is a disease many people don’t know they have until they’re starting to suffer ill effects from it. Aside from monitoring your own blood pressure closely, there are some things you can do to naturally lower your blood pressure to keep it from becoming a source of major health problems in your life. Here are just a few of the ways you can naturally lower your blood pressure and stay healthy.


Power walks can be a great tool in the fight against high blood pressure. People who walk at a brisk pace help the heart to beat more efficiently so that it doesn’t have to work so hard to get blood where it needs to go. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of vigorous cardio most days to help combat high blood pressure. Slowly work to increase your distance and speed to keep challenging your heart muscle and make it stronger.

Pump in the Potassium

Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables loaded with potassium. You need to aim for between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams of potassium per day, which can easily be found in foods such as sweet potatoes, oranges, tomatoes, melon, prunes, peas, bananas, cantaloupe, and kidney beans.

Use Your Salt Smarts

Sodium is the enemy of healthy blood pressure. Too much salt can increase blood pressure, especially to those sensitive to sodium or with a family history of high blood pressure. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, you should keep your sodium intake under 1,500 milligrams per day to keep blood pressure in check. To put that in perspective, that’s about half the sodium the average American eats per day.

How can you cut sodium? You have to do a little more than just go easy on the table salt. You should try to reduce the number of processed foods you eat; season foods with spices instead of salt when cooking. Those will make a big difference in your daily sodium intake.

Have Some Green Tea

Studies have shown that green tea can help to reduce blood pressure naturally. The phytochemicals in green tea help to lower blood pressure by relaxing vessel walls. For an extra kick, look for tea with hibiscus.

Lowering your blood pressure should be a priority in your life, so do what you can to get healthy and keep it in check!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La. 


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