First, I will say that if you have high blood pressure you must be under a physician’s care to monitor it and also, you should not stop your blood pressure medicine “cold turkey”. The best way to get off of your medicine is to be weaned off slowly.
High blood pressure is a symptom rather than a disease itself. It’s like a “silent” signal that there is a problem which could be a signal for a big event like a heart attack.
Symptoms of high blood pressure: As your blood pressure rises, you may get headaches in the back of the head which may feel worse in the morning when you get up from a laying down position. You may also experience dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, fatigue, nosebleeds or the urge to urinate at night.
What should you do? Definitely losing weight by exercising will help. A healthier diet is a must too, and since hypertension is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke, your doctor will take quick action to prescribe medications to lower blood pressure such as:
ACE Inhibitors – There are popular ones like Lisinopril, Benazepril and Enalapril. These medications block your ACE enzyme. Natural foods and supplements that do the same thing in a gentler way include garlic, seaweed, pycnogenol, Omega 3 fatty acids, egg yolks, zinc and Hawthorn Berries.
Calcium Channel Blockers- Verapamil, Amlodipine and Nifedipine. This category of medication will cause relaxation of the blood vessels. Natural options are: omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Hawthorn Berries, NAC and Alpha Lipoic Acid . You should also eat celery.
Diuretics- High selling medicines like Furosemide and Hydrochlorothiazide are medications which cause you to urinate more and that reduces the amount of fluid in your blood vessels. When you reduce the squeeze in tiny cramped vessels, your pressure goes down. Natural, gentle “water pills” include: Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6, Hawthorn Berry, taurine and CoQ10 and eating celery.
- Certain foods and supplements are direct vasodilators, which means they open up the blood vessels, which relieves some pressure. These include: taurine, potassium, omega 3 fatty acids, and celery! Even 4 stalks a week could help, try eating more if you like it. You can juice the celery or dip it in hummus or almond butter, and if you can’t eat it, then consider taking supplements of “celery seed” extract. Compounds in celery like “3-n-butylphthalide” are known to reduce blood pressure. In China, this compound (extracted from celery seed) is sold as a drug to reduce beta amylase-induced neuronal apoptosis, which confers protection for people with stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- One more very helpful food to counteract high blood pressure is beets. Strong, reliable research shows that beets and beetroot juice can help with blood pressure and cholesterol. Try drinking about a cup a day.
- Try getting a massage to control your cortisol level which is a gland controlling your “flight or fight” response. When you produce too much cortisol from stress, poor diet or a hormone imbalance, it can also affect your blood pressure. Yoga is another easy and non-medical way to reduce blood pressure and stress hormones. Doing it makes you more flexible and strengthens your spine. If you don’t like yoga, try quiet meditation for about 10 minutes twice a day with some active stretching exercises, also known to alleviate blood pressure levels that are too high.