High blood pressure causes many cardiovascular accidents so it is important to understand its causes and appropriate natural remedies.
Hypertension (HTA) is an increase in the pressure exerted by blood on the arterial walls. Hypertension is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, of stroke and kidney failure. It is considered that 25% of men and 18% of women are hypertensive.
What is the cause of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is determined by two main factors, among others: the amount of blood circulating, and the diameter of the arteries through which it passes. The kidneys control the volume of circulating water and the amount of salt containing the body.
These two facts have direct effects on high blood pressure: the more salt in the body, more water is retained in the circulation, and may increase high blood pressure, which in turn can increase the tendency of arteries to become narrower in over 95% of cases, the source is not identified hypertension.
In all other cases it is secondary to a malfunction of the kidneys, adrenal glands, thyroid, stress, etc. Pregnancy and oral contraceptive use can also cause high blood pressure in some women.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Most of those affected have no symptoms. In other cases, however, it can cause headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, visual disturbances, tingling in the fingertips, etc.
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Doing regular physical activity (yoga, aerobics)
- Reduce stress.
- No Smoking.
- Reduce intake of alcohol, coffee, tea and colas.
Reduce salt intake
Excessive salt intake causes fluid retention and increased blood pressure. Should replace common salt Himalayan salt, unrefined sea salt or other spices like garlic, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, etc.
The daily requirement of salt are around half a gram per day (half a teaspoon), but in a normal Western diet that amount consumed eight times, not only in salt shaker, but also snacks, cheeses, meats, condiments, soups envelope, etc.
Sodium is not only salt but also monosodium glutamate, yeast, etc., so it is important to read labels of packaged products to a low sodium diet.
Other dietary recommendations
- Reduce consumption of meat, fats, fried foods, meats, vegetables, boiled eggs, cheeses, cured meats and vinegars.
- Often eat fruits, vegetables, fish and brown rice.
- Rich in quercetin food, a potent antioxidant that helps to lower high blood pressure: apples, onion, garlic (also dilates the arteries and thins the blood), grapes, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries , raspberries, etc.)
- Potassium – rich foods: banana , orange, apple, peach, melon, plums, strawberries, avocado, raisins, dates, potatoes, apricots, pumpkin, pear.
- Diuretic foods: alfalfa, carrots, cucumber, corn, grapes, beans, millet, turnips, algae, peas, pineapple, spinach, watercress, watermelon, pumpkin seeds, celery.
- Other foods and spices Recommended: whole grains, nuts (unsalted), quinoa, saffron, fennel, black pepper, basil, tarragon, ginger, parsley.
- Borage oil, evening primrose oil, fish oil, flax oil: containing essential fatty acids with anticoagulant properties (not used with other drugs that fluidifiquen blood)
- Coenzyme Q10.
- Calcium protects the heart, relaxes arteries and helps maintain a balance between sodium and potassium
- Vitamin C: decreases the contraction of the arteries so the flexible and facilitates the flow of blood, reducing high blood pressure.
- Soya lecithin: prevents cholesterol deposits in the arteries, promoting blood circulation and preventing hypertension.
- Vasodilator plants: ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, green tea, gotu kola, mistletoe, linden.
- Diuretic plants: juniper, Parietaria, fumaria, corn (stigmata beards), birch, dandelion, artichoke.
- Blood fluidificantes plants: ginger, sauce, green tea, chicory.
Aromatherapy for high blood pressure