5 Natural Ways to Beat High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a dangerous condition and one that can lead to a heart attack, stroke, vascular dementia or an embolism. There are simple steps you can take to lower your blood pressure naturally.
Many people do not know they have hypertension as the disease typically presents without any symptoms and the first you might know about the ailment is having your blood pressure taken with a GP. However, some people do experience symptoms such as:
- persistent headaches
- blurred or double vision
- rapid pulse
Around 30% of the UK population has a high blood pressure but most do not know it. Left untreated a high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and kidney damage.
Chocolate contains flavonoids which are essential to good heart health. A study conducted at the University of Cologne, Germany, showed that dark chocolate had positive effects on lowering blood pressure. It is recommended that small doses of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content are included in your diet.
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Aromatherapists recommend using a topical massage oil to help lower blood pressure. Starting with 20 ml of jojoba oil, add ten drops of both lavender and marjoram essential oil. Massage directly on to the chest before sleep.
To avoid hypertension you should also reduce your intake of salt, include potassium-rich foods in your diet and avoid stress. Moderate levels of a low impact exercise will also help.