Lowering High Blood Pressure

Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Are you looking for ways to lower it naturally? Lowering your blood pressure might be a little bit easier than you think. Here are a few natural things to help you do so:

Exercise and fat loss:
Blood pressure often increases as your weight increases, so losing weight will help decrease your high blood pressure. Moderate aerobic exercise 4 to 5 times a week for approximately 30 minutes can reduce your blood pressure by 9mm/Hg within just a few weeks.

Healthy diet
Studies have shown that a diet high in potassium lowers blood pressure. Potassium can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluids and balance the electrolytes in your body. The following foods are high in potassium: white beans, spinach, baked potatoes, dried apricots, avocados, bananas, dates, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds just to name a few.

Get a good night’s sleep
Studies show that healthy individuals who are deprived of a normal night of sleep can attain high blood pressure, so be sure to get a good night’s sleep.

Avoid all tobacco products and second-hand smoke
Nicotine found in tobacco causes artery constriction, which causes your blood pressure to elevate 10 mm/Hg or more. Avoid secondhand smoke; inhaling smoke from others puts you at risk for many serious health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease.

Hibiscus tea
Hibiscus sabdariffa is an ingredient found in many herbal and blended teas, which can help lower high blood pressure.

Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate varieties contain flavanols that make blood vessels more elastic. In one study, 18 percent of patients who ate it every day saw their blood pressure fall. Adding this to your diet can be beneficial, but keep the portion sizes small.

Adjust the nervous system
The nervous system controls and coordinates every organ in our body. Sometimes through physical stresses such as accidents, sports injuries and falls, our nervous system can be compromised with nerve stress. A chiropractic adjustment can remove interference and help restore harmony and function to your body. Studies show that chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine can also help lower your blood pressure.

Dr. Mickey Cohen is a chiropractic physician in Plantation, Florida. He serves patients all over the Broward area including Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, Miramar, Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale. He is in private practice at Nob Hill Family Chiropractic 1848 N. Nob Hill Road, Plantation, Florida 33322. He is currently the team chiropractor for many of our local and professional teams. He can be reached at 954-476-8884. Visit our website nobhillchiropractic.com.

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