You probably have high blood pressure (hypertension) if your blood pressure readings are consistently 140 over 90, or higher, over a number of weeks.
You may also have high blood pressure if just one of the numbers is higher than it should be over a number of weeks.
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If you have high blood pressure, this higher pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Over time, this extra strain increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure can also cause heart and kidney disease, and is closely linked to some forms of dementia.
Statistics display that actually 70 million people in U.S. experience from high blood pressure, indicating 1 in 3 adults. In Canada the number is 1 in 6 individuals.
Blood pressure is the push with which the blood moves through the human body. If this push is too intense for extended period, it will make the artery walls weakened which can be very hazardous to your health.
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Two Types of Hypertension
Hypertension can occur as a result of unhealthy lifestyle or due to hereditary factors. The two types of hypertension are primary and secondary. There is no certain cause for primary hypertension and gradually develops with age. Secondary hypertension is linked to:
-Too much alcohol or drugs of any kind
-Obstructive sleep apnea
-Adrenal gland tumors
-Excessive salt consumption
-Chronic vitamin D/potassium deficiency
-Congenital blood defects
How to Manage High Blood Pressure
Numerous studies have proved that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because fruits and vegetables are rich in phytonutrients known as anthocyanins.
Here is a list of 10 foods that effectively reduce blood pressure.
1.Lower your salt intake. A 2012 study concluded: “Dietary salt intake reduction can delay or prevent the incidence of antihypertensive therapy, can facilitate blood pressure reduction in hypertensive patients receiving medical therapy, and may represent a simple cost-saving mediator to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”
The best alternatives for salt are nutritional yeast and turmeric.
2.Physical activity can`t be stressed enough.
A 2007 study confirmed that regular exercise is essential for prevention, control and treatment of high blood pressure.
3.Avoid foods that cause your blood pressure to rise.
Try to avoid alcohol, processed meat, ramen noodles and anything high in sodium.
Go with the flow.
The following recipe is extremely beneficial for people who struggle with high blood pressure. It is rich in phytonutrients which reduce constriction of artery walls, allowing normal blood flow.
Also, it is recommended that you consume red dates. They are rich in potassium which neutralizes the effects of sodium in the bloodstream, lowering the blood pressure.
-2 ounces of red dates
-2 quarts of water
-7 ounces of organic celery
Wash and clean the red dates and celery. Cut celery into small sections. Place all the ingredients in a soup pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the chunks from the liquid. Consume the resulting tea as much as possible.