High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most common diseases in the modern world. It is considered to be a silent killer. Fast daily pace, stress and nervousness increases the adrenalin flow, which may cause higher blood pressure, or the increased pressure on the walls of the arteries.
Systolic pressure is peak pressure reached as the heart beats, while diastolic pressure indicates the pressure as the heart relaxes between two beats and shows the condition of the blood vessels.
The usual formula for indicating the blood pressure consists of two numbers. The first one indicates systolic pressure and the second one is diastolic. A blood pressure above 160/95 mmHg is considered to be moderate hypertension, and 200/110 is a severe hypertension. There are many factors that contributes to the high blood pressure, and the most important are obesity, stress, high sodium intake and hormonal changes in women.
Medicine and pharmacology today offers a vide range of medications that regulate the high blood pressure, but it is good to know that there are also many natural foods and remedies that can help lower it. Garlic is one of the most famous remedies against hypertension. It is also effective against thrombosis, atherosclerosis and high cholesterol levels.
Garlic is also available in the form of capsules, suitable for those who want to avoid its smell. Watermelon is believed to be another effective remedy against high blood pressure. A very simple remedy can be made with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper dissolved in half a cup of tepid water. Juice from half a lemon in 100gr of water is another instant remedy.
Fresh papaya taken every morning on an empty stomach for a month can help lower the high blood pressure. Walking barefoot on the grass for 15 minutes each day helps regulate the circulation and keeps the blood pressure at normal levels. Hot soaks for feet and legs, as well as a warm compress applied over the heart are simple and cheap methods that contribute to the normalization of blood pressure.
Another effective remedy that can be made with a mixture of fennel seeds, cumin seeds and sugar in equal amounts added to a glass of water and that can be taken every morning and evening. Equal amounts of fresh onion juice and honey taken in two tablespoons a day make a good remedy for hypertension. Grapefruit is good for blood pressure too, as it contains vitamin P, which tones the arteries and helps to lower the blood pressure.
Some say that baked potatoes can reduce hypertension too. People who suffer from high blood pressure should consider taking up a yoga, since some of asana and pranayama exercises and breathing techniques can help to normalize the blood pressure.