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Natural High Blood Pressure Control

"Getting More Potassium In Your Diet & Cutting Back On Your Alcohol Consumption Will Help Control Your High Blood Pressure"

Lets talk about some natural ways to cure your High Blood Pressure Control woes. Following these simple guidelines that can help you stay off those Pills and get you back into a healthy and heart healthy life.

Cut Back on Alcohol

Wine in particular has been in the news a lot lately for the healthy effect it seems to have on the body, including offering protection against heart disease and certain cancers. But too much alcohol can be bad news for people with high blood pressure, and if you are particularly sensitive to alcohol any amount may be too much. The mechanism that causes alcohol to raise the blood pressure isn't known, but cutting back on drinking can lower your systolic pressure two to four points and your diastolic pressure by one to two points.

Alcohol in moderation is fine for most people. A woman can have one drink a day while a man can have two. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or one ounce of liquor.

Now that we've taken a look at what medical and natural health practitioners agree on when it comes to preventing or treating high blood pressure, let's delve into the more non-traditional but still quite effective treatments.

Potassium, Potassium! Get the right foods

One of the most important nutrients for your body when it comes to treating high blood pressure is potassium. You probably know that bananas are high in potassium, even if you don't really know what potassium is or what it does for the body.

Potassium is an element and a nutrient that is required by the body. It allows muscle contraction and helps send nerve impulses through the body. Potassium can also help the body remove waste.

The interesting thing about potassium is that too much sodium in the body can keep potassium from working as it should. Even if you're getting enough potassium, which most people aren't, if you're also getting a lot of sodium you could be missing out on the healthy effects.

Further, diuretics can flush potassium as well as sodium from the body, giving you even more of a deficit than you started out with.

Researchers at Duke University found that getting more potassium could lower blood pressure by as many as 20 points for people most at risk for high blood pressure. Other studies have found reductions of around four points for systolic pressure and two points for diastolic pressure, about half the reduction usually seen when using blood pressure lowering drugs.

It is possible to supplement potassium (though the potassium supplements sold over the counter have very small amounts of potassium and larger doses are only available by prescription), but the best way to get more potassium is through diet. Recent studies have found that the type of potassium found in most foods is as effective at lowering blood pressure as the type available in supplements.

The recommended daily allowance for potassium is 4,700 milligrams, though most people get much less than that. Even foods that are considered high in potassium don't get you that close to the allowance. Three apricots, for instance, have 314 milligrams, while a banana has about 400. 

Here are some foods that are high in potassium:

  • Apricots

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Cantaloupe

  • Melons

  • Kiwi

  • Lima beans

  • Milk

  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Potatoes

  • Prunes

  • Spinach

  • Tomatoes

  • Vegetable juice

  • Meat, fish, poultry

  • Winter squash

More simple foods and supplements for High Blood Pressure Control coming soon....

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