High blood pressure is a condition in which the blood that passes through the walls of the arteries, are pushing really hard and the harder the blood pushes against the arteries, the higher the blood pressure of that person. If this condition continues for a long time, then the walls of the arteries will explode, causing the person to go into cardiac arrest and possible death.
Causes of hypertension:
The most important causes of hypertension are stress and a faulty style of living. People who are usually tense suffer from high blood pressure. Especially when under stress. If the stress continues for a long period, the pressure may become permanently raised and may not come down even after removal of the stress.
An irregular lifestyle, smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants. Tea, coffee, cola drinks and refined, foods destroy the natural pace of life. The expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from the body is prevented and the arteries and the veins become slack. Hardening of the arteries, obesity, diabetes and severe constipation also lead to hypertension. Other causes of high blood pressure are excessive intake of pain-killers, table salt, food allergies and eating a high-fat, low-fiber diet and processed foods deficient in essential nutrients.
Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure
A teaspoon of fenugreek seeds followed by water is a good remedy for hypertension. Just like with rule # 4, you should take this preferably in the morning and in the evening when your stomach is empty. You should do this for ten to fifteen consecutive days.
Add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper into one half cup of lukewarm water and drink it when needed. This is also a good remedy of high blood pressure.
Another effective natural home remedy for high blood pressure is the Indian gooseberry or what is called amla. Mix a teaspoon of fresh amla juice with honey and drink it every morning.
Drinking Amla juice together with milk daily lowers blood pressure.
Eating fresh papayas on a daily basis for one month while your stomach is empty is also an effective way in lowering blood pressure.
A good diet for a person with high blood pressure is the Spiegel seeds. You can combine this witho 1-2 teaspoon of curd.
How to Lower Blood Pressure
If people are to successfully lower their high blood pressure, they must first have their high blood pressure identified and properly diagnosed. This can only happen if patients go for regular appointments and check-ups with their physician. Once a diagnosis of hypertension has been made, patients may commence treatments that the doctor has prescribed for their individual circumstances.
Diet for High Blood Pressure
Tomato: Tomatoes are high in gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), a compound that can help bring down blood pressure.
Broccoli (hari phoolgobhi): Glucoraphanin, also known as sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS), a naturally-occurring compound found in broccoli sprouts and broccoli, help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Carrot: Carrots are high in potassium, which can help prevent and control high blood pressure. They are also high in beta-carotene, which studies show can reduce the risk of heart disease leading to high blood pressure. Carrot juice helps to maintain normal blood pressure by regulating heart and kidney functions. A recommended dose is a 240 ml blend of one part celery juice, one part carrot juice and one part water, taken at least once a day.
Saffron (kesar): Saffron contains a chemical called crocetin that lowers the blood pressure. You can use saffron in your cooking. (It is a very popular spice in Arabic cooking.) You can also make a tea with it. Many Indians add a pinch of saffron in the brewed tea to give a heavenly flavor. Unfortunately, it is very expensive.
Assorted spices: Spices such as fennel (saunf), oregano (ajwain), black pepper (kali mirch) and basil (tulsi) have active ingredients that are beneficial in hypertension. Use them in your cooking.
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