There have been several posts and suggestions on how to try and normalise blood pressure. Here is another one.
(By Shalini Attre+)
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a condition where the force of your blood against arterial walls is higher than normal. A reading of 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal blood pressure.
Hypertension is a symptomless condition. It can go unnoticed for a long time that makes it very dangerous. If left untreated, it may lead to stroke, heart failure or even blindness.
Common causes of high blood pressure are: obesity, lack of exercise, kidney ailments, high salt intake, prescription and recreational drugs, regular smoking and alcohol consumption. Hypertension is an indication of underlying ailment. So get yourself examined by a physician for better diagnosis.
If your blood pressure is found to be consistently above the normal range, you doctor will put you on medication. It is better to make your lifestyle healthy and use natural remedies along with your medication to control high blood pressure in the long term. Let us discover what you can do to control your hypertension:
•Add some physical workout to your day: jog, brisk walk, swim, play outdoor sports or join or dance classes. Aerobic activities increase your oxygen intake and can automatically bring down high blood pressure.
•Deep breathing exercises or pranayama are also beneficial. Alternate nostril pranayama and ujjai pranayama are a few examples of breathing exercises. The more oxygen your body cells receive, the more relaxed you will become.
•Meditation helps too. You can learn self meditation from a trained instructor or simply grab a specific DVD of guided meditation for controlling hypertension. It is light on your pocket and free from side effects.
•You may also learn specific Yoga asanas from a trained instructor for blood pressure control. Shavasna (corpse pose), bhujangasana (Cobra pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), shalabhasana, tadasana, pavanmuktasana etc. are a few asanas that help lower high blood pressure.
•Make healthy changes in your diet. Stop or minimize the intake of salt. Processed and preserved foods are full of sodium content that harms your arteries. Say goodbye to pizzas, cheese, noodles, pickles, burgers, white flour items etc. to reduce salt intake. Also avoid oily and spicy food items. Drink lots of coconut water and use coconut oil for cooking. Eat fruits and veggies rich in potassium like bananas, raisins, spinach, zucchini, cantaloupe, orange juice, apricots etc. Increase fibre intake to keep your system healthy.
•Take 1-2 raw garlic cloves on empty stomach in the morning. Also drink a glassful of lukewarm lemon water on empty stomach in the morning daily. Munch a few raw almonds daily to bring down your LDL cholesterol and subsequently your high blood pressure.
•Turmeric is an effective remedy for treating hypertension. It is a blood thinner and helps keep your cholesterol and high blood pressure in check. You may add a pinch of organic turmeric powder to warm milk and take it at bedtime. Alternately, you may take Curcumin tablets as supplements after consulting your doctor.
•Triphala is another effective Ayurvedic remedy that brings down hypertension. Soak 1-2 tsp triphala powder in a cup of water overnight. In the morning, strain the liquid using a fine muslin cloth. Add 1 tsp honey to the strained liquid and drink it daily for a few days regularly.
Make these natural remedies a part of your lifestyle to keep your blood pressure normal. Keep yourself relaxed and maintain a happy state of mind. Be the new healthy you! more
Umesh Kumar (Professor)
You can try Bhujangasana, Ardhmatsyendraasan, Sarvangasana (Ardhudhwasan), Dhanurasana, Pawanmuktasana, Shavasana, Yoga Nidra, Mayurasana, Rolling on abdomen (front & back), Pressing throat with chin (No with cervical spondylosis), whichever you can do with ease and as also prescribed by others. Yogasana alone can not control BP and will take a very long time.
The BP is better controlled by avoiding/reducing fat & sweet products like ghee, oils, butter, full fat milk, sugar, sweets, namkeens, mutton on one side and by jogging, brisk walk, walk for minimum 40 minutes a day on other side(both necessary, one alone will not do). Make 50% of of food intake by fruits, green vegetables, salads. Please ensure your girth lesser by about 2-4 inch than chest. Higher cholesterol/BP people normally have raised abdomen.
The BP is better controlled by pranayams. Three simple ones are Alom-Vilom & Kapal Bhati & Bhastrika.
Arjuna Churna or Arjun Asav, Aonla Churna/Ras & Aloe Vera Juice, Turmeric, Triphala, garlic, are quite effective in reducing BP/cholesterol. Allopathic medicines taken with prescription with doctors are also very effective. Both type of medicines are required to be taken for long time, minimum 6 months and beyond.
Try to bring your Body Mass Index (BMI) [Weight in Kg divided by height in meter square] less than 25, by controlling food habits and exercises as indicated above.
In higher BP by higher cholesterol, you should not go by total cholesterol alone but by its each components i.e. TC, LDL, VLDL, HDL, Triglyceride. High LDL, VLDL, Triglyceride and low HDL are harmful to health. It takes a lot of time to control/reduce BP/cholesterol to normal level. Hence you should attack this problem by all methods given above at the same time for faster recovery.
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