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Controlling High Blood Pressure At Home

Controlling high blood pressure is necessary since left untreated it can lead to life threatening complications such as stroke, heart attacks and kidney failure.  But, if your high blood pressure is in the first stage, or if it is mild, it may be possible to avoid medications and treat the condition at home, using only healthy lifestyle choices and natural remedies.

Know which one you are. And, even with natural remedies many people will still need to use medications to treat this condition. 

You may hear a lot about lifestyle changes. This is because doctors say it is the single most effective thing you can do to drop your blood pressure and help you to get healthy again.

While medications can help, they cannot reverse the underlying condition. You can do this through lifestyle changes, though. The key is to know what to do and how to do it.

The following are the most recommended lifestyle changes you may need to do:

  • Reduce your BMI, or body mass index, to a normal range. If you are overweight or obese, this is one of the most significant factors affecting your high blood pressure.

  • Exercising is critical. Optimally, you need 30 minutes daily, four times per week, but even less is helpful.

  • Stop smoking and reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

Your doctor may also talk to you about changing the types of food you eat. They may also make recommendations on birth control pills and over the counter medications you may be taking. These can lead to high blood pressure in some individuals.

Bloodletting Or Donating Blood As Part Of Your Controlling High Blood Pressure

Bloodletting or donating is the releasing of your blood and in turn it compels your body to make more blood.  It has long been used to help cure many illnesses. But in recent studies it is now proven to be as effective in controlling high blood pressure, especially if you are obese and/or at increased risk of heart disease.

I donate blood at the blood center every three to four months and have proven that it certainly helps with the controlling of my high blood pressure. Blood

Researchers in Germany did a randomized but controlled trial on sixty-four obese volunteers, divided into two groups with one group being control, who had a cluster of symptoms; like a large waist, elevated blood glucose level, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and high readings of cholesterol.

The controlled group donated a specific amount of blood over a fifty-six days period.  Results of the controlled group showed:

  • A significant drop in their blood pressure

  • Lower resting heart rate

  • Drop in their glucose levels

  • Cholesterol levels between HDL and LDL were normalized.

The results were promising and researchers thinks the lowering of blood pressure is linked to your blood iron.

When blood is donated, your body pulls the excess iron previously stored in your various organs and uses it to produce new red blood cells. Excess irons can lead to inflammation within your body and this is tied to many metabolic syndrome symptoms.

This very simple treatment method of donating blood regularly is another way in controlling high blood pressure. It is very cost effective because donating blood is free and a donation center is available everywhere.

So make a note in your calendar for every three months to do some bloodletting or donating which leads to controlling high blood pressure.

Do Natural Remedies Help?

Natural remedies can help you to reduce your blood pressure. Doctors warn that this is not the method to control your high blood pressure in total. This is because natural remedies, including supplements of herbs and nutrients, may only provide a measure of change and they may be hard to monitor the progress.

Still, they can be one element of your plan to combat high blood pressure.

Are Medications Necessary?

I say yes medications should be taken, even at the lowest dosage.  Since blood pressure spikes at odd times and sometimes the consequents to that spike can be life changing.

Lifestyle changes are often necessary to reduce blood pressure. In many instances, medications may also be necessary especially if lifestyle changes do not do enough to reduce blood pressure. If you do not want to take medications, talk to your doctor about your need for them before deciding not to take them.

What is high blood pressure? Why do you need to worry about it? Without concern and the ability to control it, you could face avoidable complications. Controlling high blood pressure does not have to be difficult, once you make the commitment to making the changes necessary.

Read more on what the Mayo Clinic has to say on the complications of high blood pressure.

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