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Six natural ways to lower blood pressure

Globally, high blood pressure is thought to cause as many as 7.5 million deaths.

It is a leading risk factor for many other health problems such as coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage.

Here are six natural ways to lower blood pressure that do not require medication

1. Exercise often 

Research has shown that regular aerobic exercise reduces blood pressure by an average of 11/3 mmHg, while strength training also reduced blood pressure.

Getting active and exercising, whether at the gym, doing yoga, or taking a walk are reliable ways to get blood pressure into a healthy range.

2. Limit alcohol

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of high blood pressure, especially among people that drink excessively and women.

Cutting alcohol consumption is one of the simplest, natural ways to lower blood pressure.

3. Maintain a healthy diet

Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, less red meat, and watching calorie intake to maintain a healthy weight are important natural ways to lower blood pressure.

Shedding extra pounds is the most effective way to lower blood pressure.

4. Lower sodium intake

In addition to a healthy diet, a diet low in sodium is essential for lowering blood pressure.

Studies have shown a direct relationship between high blood pressure and the amount of salt in the diet.

Because processed foods are the main source of high-salt diets, preparing more dishes from natural sources is one of the natural ways to reduce blood pressure.

5. Take mineral supplements

Upping the number of minerals, calcium, magnesium, and potassium has shown to be an effective way to lower high blood pressure.

Often, because those with high blood pressure eat a diet high in processed foods, the diets are deficient in these minerals.

6. Lower stress

Last but not least the top natural way to lower blood pressure is to relax! While stress may not be a direct cause of high blood pressure, stress contributors, such as depression and social isolation, are as harmful to health as other behaviors such as smoking.

Relaxation, meditation, and stress management can be used as interventions to help reduce hypertension.

Written by Rebecca K. Blankenship, B.Sc.

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Rebecca Blankenship BSc
Rebecca Blankenship BSc
Rebecca Blankenship is a freelance technical writer. She reviews, edits, and authors internal quality documentation required for regulatory compliance. She has twenty years experience in industrial pharma/medical device quality management systems and an honors BSc in chemistry. She is a natural born rule follower and enjoys applying this strength to help others be audit ready to meet regulatory requirements. She also loves learning about the latest scientific discoveries while writing for Medical News Bulletin. Her free time is spent as a full-time mom, encouraging can-do attitudes and cooperation in her three children.
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