High Blood Pressure? Lower It With 8 Natural Remedies

| 2/17/2011 2:37:17 PM

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Doctors don’t always know what causes high blood pressure, but they do know the harmful side effects. Although fluctuations in blood pressure throughout the day are common, when blood pressure is consistently high, the force of the blood against the artery walls can distort and damage them, placing an extra burden on the heart. This in turn can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and can damage the eyes and kidneys.

Unfortunately, high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a silent condition. In some cases, symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and nose bleeds can signal that something is wrong, but more commonly hypertension is unaccompanied by symptoms and goes unnoticed, making it vital to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Whether you’re at risk for high blood pressure or one of the millions of Americans who already suffer from it, making healthy changes to your lifestyle can help reduce your risk.

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A healthy diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, naturally high in fiber, can help decrease the risk of high blood pressure. Photo By katiescrapbooklady/Courtesy Flickr. 

1. Avoid sodium. Salt increases the volume of blood and raises the amount of the pressure needed to move blood through the arteries. For real results, you’ll have to do more than remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. Avoid processed and packaged foods, and follow these seven steps to removing excess sodium from your life.

2. Eat raw fruits and vegetables. The fiber in fruits and veggies can help lower high blood pressure naturally. Celery in particular has been shown to dilate blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow freely through the body.

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