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Cut this, increase that: Four ways to control your blood pressure naturally

by , 03 December 2013

6.3 million South Africans are living with high blood pressure. That makes South Africa one of the highest hypertensive countries in the world. For most of these people, doctors will prescribe medication to lower it. But here the thing they don't tell you: You can beat high blood pressure without drugs! Read on to discover how taking the right natural measures may help you get your blood pressure back on track…

High blood pressure is a silent killer.

According to the Heart Foundation, it’s responsible for around 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes occur daily in South Africa.

Luckily, there are ways that you can reduce your risk simply by watching what you do and don’t put on your plate.

How to drop your blood pressure naturally

Here’s what Nutrition & Healing’s Dr Jonathan Wright suggest you do to reduce your blood pressure without medication.

#1. Determine how your body reacts to salt: You’ve probably heard that cutting WAY back on salt intake is an important step in lowering high blood pressure. However, researchers are finding more and more evidence that sodium restriction might not be best for everyone after all.

If you have high blood pressure, you might want to determine through trial and error whether or not salt restriction makes a difference for you.

#2. Up your potassium: A higher potassium level reduces your risk of stroke. So it’s always wisest to take extra potassium if you have high blood pressure, even if it doesn’t lower your actual blood pressure numbers.

#3. If you’re insulin resistant, take calcium and magnesium: For some individuals, 1g gram of calcium daily could greatly reduce blood pressure by 5 to 10 points. For others, calcium makes very little difference.

But if you’re insulin resistant or have hyperinsulinaemia, and do supplement with calcium, it’s important to balance it with magnesium. Magnesium by itself could lower your blood pressure level, since it helps relax muscles, including those of the smaller blood vessels, thus helping to dilate them and improve blood flow. Supplementing with 300mg to 400mg milligrams daily.

#4. Up your Vitamin C: A recent research letter sent to the medical journal Lancet reconfirmed that vitamin C lowers elevated blood pressure. Although this study used less, you should take a minimum of 1g twice daily.

There you have it – four ways to monitor and reduce your blood pressure naturally. Try them, you won’t be sorry.

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