One reason doctors encourage us to get a checkup at least once a year is to monitor blood pressure readings. The readings tell the pressure in your blood vessels when the heart is beating and when it’s at rest. If it gets too high, it can damage many organs and otherwise cause life threatening problems.
There are many ways to lower your blood pressure, and you may require medications at least at first. Getting the numbers in the right range is important. There are also a number of natural ways to improve the numbers.
CoQ 10: This is needed so that your cells can function properly. As you age, your body will produce less of it. Some illnesses can also reduce the amount produced. This may cause many problems, including a rise in blood pressure. Supplements may help to bring those numbers down.
Exercise: Lack of exercise is a main contributor to many health woes, and this is one of them. Moderate exercise a minimum of three times a week for at least thirty minutes can help tremendously.
Garlic: My favorite herb has a number of uses, and I’ve seen it lower BP numbers more than once. Raw is best, but supplements may also be useful. Take it with something in your stomach, as it can cause it to become upset.
Hawthorn: This herb is for a healthy heart. If you have any sort of heart problem, don’t take it without consulting both your doctor and your pharmacist. More studies need to be done to see if it will be effective for lowering blood pressure, but it does definitely have an affect on your heart.
Imaging: Fear, anxiety and stress can greatly increase this problem. I have found that using imaging, I can reverse the trend. Choose a passage of the Bible, a poem or other material that makes you feel at peace. I use the 23rd Psalm and it helps a lot.
Licorice: Some herbal supplements are bad for those of us with high blood pressure. Licorice root is one of them. It can cause significant changes in your readings, so read those ingredient labels carefully. Thankfully, most candy makers now use anise rather than licorice root for flavoring.
Mistletoe: This is not an herb to take on your own, for two reasons. One is that you could end up lowering the numbers too much. The other is that it can cause massive stomach irritation. It’s best to work with your doctor and a qualified herbal practitioner if you want to go this route.
Omega-3: Fish oil and flax seed oil may be helpful here. They are safe to take on a daily basis, though you may want to ask your doctor if you take blood thinners. These oils can do the same job.
Whatever method you use, reducing the stress on your heart is imperative. Make an appointment with your doctor and discuss the options so that you can lead a long and healthy life.