How To Lower Your Blood Pressure Fast!

High Blood PressureHigh blood pressure – It’s something we hear a lot about these days. Whether it’s a bigger problem in the modern world than it was in the past, or whether we are just more health aware these days, either way we’re always told to monitor our blood pressure and keep it at a normal level.

In this post we’ll look at a few ways to lower your blood pressure fast and how we can be more aware of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.

 

What Is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. It is measured as the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. When someone is suffering from high blood pressure, the heart is working harder to pump the blood through the body, thus putting great strain on the heart muscle.

 

Some Causes Of High Blood Pressure

Smoking: Smoking has long been touted as a major contributor to high blood pressure and the obvious solution is to quit. No one needs to smoke to live. Quite the opposite.

Overweight: Another highly common cause of hypertension. Carrying around a lot of excess body weight naturally puts more stress on the entire body, and especially the heart. Losing weight is not an easy task, but it’s worth the effort for the sake of your health.

Old Age: As we age, naturally everything starts to decline. Every part of the body has to work just that little bit harder in a bid to keep the body functioning normally. This puts extra strain on the heart as well. We can’t stop ourselves from getting older, but we can monitor our blood pressure and do the best we can to keep it at a normal level no matter how old we are.

Genetics: High blood pressure can be a result of a genetic condition passed down through generations. Your GP is the best person to offer advice as to how to deal with a hereditary condition like hypertension.

Stress: Possibly one of the most common causes of hypertension in the modern world. It’s hard to avoid stress altogether, but how we deal with stressful situations can make all the difference. Meditation can really do wonders for people who are feeling stressed on a regular basis.

Low Exercise Levels: Having a rather stagnant lifestyle can eventually lead to high blood pressure problems. Just like we need to work out the muscles on the outside of our bodies to keep them in shape, the same goes for the heart. It is a muscle after all. The more you exercise or be active, the fitter the heart will be and it won’t have to work so hard to pump blood through the body.

Alcohol: A little bit of alcohol is fine, but when you consume too much on a regular basis the body has to work hard to filter it out of your system, once again putting excess strain on the heart. Drink in moderation and not daily.

Illicit Drugs & Medications: Many drugs, whether legal or illegal, can cause hypertension; particularly drugs that contain some form of amphetamine.  Many illicit drugs contain some form of amphetamine and, unfortunately, so do many prescription drugs. If you are on a prescription drug that is causing high blood pressure, your doctor may need to seek out an alternative medication for you. Illicit drugs? Well, that’s a personal choice whether to indulge or not.

Salt: Too much salt causes the kidneys to store excess water. This excess water puts more strain on the organs and the heart and therefore raises blood pressure levels.

 

Foods That Lower Blood Pressure Fast!

Here is a list of foods and drinks that are known to help lower blood pressure:

  • BananaPlain yogurt, fat-free
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Lean meat (loin or round cuts)
  • Red wine
  • Low-fat or non-fat milk
  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate
  • Broccoli
  • Fish
  • Beetroot
  • Beans
  • Sweet potato
  • Avocado
  • High fibre grains
  • Cranberry juice
  • Flaxseed
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Olive oil
  • Hibiscus tea

 

Foods and Drinks That Raise Blood Pressure

  • Anything high in salt content
  • Fatty foods
  • Highly processed meats
  • Frozen pizza
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee and caffeine products
  • Full fat dairy products
  • Fatty meats (red and white)
  • Canned products
  • Sugar

 

Home Blood Pressure Monitors

The best way to make sure you have control of your blood pressure is to invest in a home blood pressure monitor. Many of them are quite cheap and accurate enough for you to keep regular tabs on your levels. I have written brief reviews on five models and you can check them out here.

 

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12 Comments

  1. RigoRigo
    November 2, 2015    

    A good reminder that I need to stop eating so much salt and putting salt on everything I eat even before I taste it. Always been that way since I was a kid for some reason. I just really enjoy the taste of it. Other than that I’d say I’m doing fine with everything else. Haven’t smoked or drank in some years now, and I feel great. Really great information and very useful.

    • November 2, 2015    

      Thanks for reading. Yeah, salt can be a real “killer”. I love salt, too. Sounds like everything else you’re doing is good, though, so you’ll probably be fine.

  2. Elizabeth HaranElizabeth Haran
    December 18, 2015    

    Love the look of your site. The colored letters on the black background is stunning, really pretty. What theme website are you using? Your website is easy to read and your thoughts and suggestions are well ordered.

    Thanks for reminding me that I have high blood pressure and need to finish my exercises for today. Always trying to find ways of doing heart pounding exercise with arthritic knees. Have any suggestions? Thanks for the blood pressure monitor suggestions.

    Can you give a reason why those foods lower blood pressure? Do they all contain the same ingredient that does the trick? And why does smoking raise blood pressure. What is the physiology? As you can see, I enjoyed your site very much and have very little to critique. Feel like a kid in a candy store with all my questions. The best of luck to you in your endeavors.
    Elizabeth

    • December 18, 2015    

      Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your comments.

      If you have arthritic knees then one of the best exercises is swimming. Something that’s low impact, but will still get the heart rate up.

      Smoking clogs the arteries, therefore making the heart work harder to pump blood through the system, hence increasing blood pressure levels.

      As far as foods that lower blood pressure go, I’m not exactly sure why they do or what the exact science is behind their effects. All the foods in the list are quite diverse, but each is believed to have an effect on blood pressure levels, leading to a reduction in high blood pressure.

      • December 20, 2015    

        Thanks for the feedback. Swimming is great. Can’t always get to that pool. I’ve heard that weight lifting routines are good for cardio and can target lots more muscles. Probably as much as swimming. Are you familiar with weight lifting routines?

        I’m fascinated with the science of food nutrition. So was wondering.

        Thanks again for the info. Take care.
        Beth

        • December 20, 2015    

          Weight training is awesome exercise, but I was trying to think of something that would really get your heart rate up while also protecting your knees. Using pin weight machines is probably the best way if you want to lift weights. That way you can isolate the exercises and have more control. If you are going to lift weights make sure you eat extra protein.

          Thanks for your questions and comments, Beth.

  3. Curtis J. PrattCurtis J. Pratt
    January 9, 2016    

    My girlfriend loves nutrition and absolutely has a drive for your material. Your education on blood pressure was informative and I learned many new facts within your niche that can benefit my life. I am someone who tends to eat very healthy, and also one who takes care of myself through the use of exercise! I was a smoker for 16 years, but I have not had one in 8 months, and I cannot stand the smell, so I am done with that!

    Your list of foods that lower blood pressure is one that is quality, and I thank you for sharing your site with us today! Do you share tactics for quitting cigarettes?

    Curtis J. Pratt

  4. DylDyl
    January 29, 2016    

    High blood pressure is a thing my mom struggles with, I am glad to have come across this website and get some helpful tips. It would be nice to see her improve her high blood pressure so that she can live a better life! I will take in mind the foods that you have listed and try and get her to eat some of them. Great article, very informative thank you!

    • January 29, 2016    

      Glad you found the article helpful, and thanks for reading. Cheers, Darren.

  5. RyanCRRyanCR
    March 20, 2016    

    Wow! Your website really hit home! My sister has been struggling with high blood pressure for over a year now and the doctors can not figure out why. She even had a mini stroke at a very young age. I will make sure she reads your website because you have some valuable information and tips including things most people never think of.

    • March 20, 2016    

      Hi Ryan. Really glad you found the information helpful. And I hope your sister is recovering well.

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