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One in four adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it.
Your blood pressure is among the best predictors of heart disease risk and of longevity. Higher blood pressure means higher risks to your health. Even marginally higher than normal blood-pressure levels can effectively double your risk of dying from heart disease and its complications. So the information we want to share with you today is very well worth paying attention to.
A Silent Wrecking Ball
Loose in Your Arteries
By the end of this short article, you’ll have learned how to have more fun, live longer, and spend less money on drugs and medical care.
You can achieve all the great benefits weve just mentioned by paying attention to just one of the risk factors of heart disease.
When most people hear “risk of heart disease,” they think of cholesterol, obesity, or smoking. But what many folks, including some doctors, don’t think about is blood pressure.
The problem with high blood pressure is that your blood is exerting continuous pressure on the walls of your arteries. Over time, artery walls respond to this constant pressure by becoming thicker and less flexible (hence the term, hardening of the arteries). These changes make your arteries more susceptible to damage, which can lead to blockages, putting you at higher risk of heart attack.
This Deadly Health Condition
Is Pretty Easy to Fix
High blood pressure also damages your organs. It can reduce the flow of blood to your heart or cause your heart to become enlarged. It can also reduce the flow of blood to your brain, which increases your risk of stroke and dementia. It can cause nerve damage in the eyes, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, and insomnia.
And many people who find themselves on kidney transplant waiting lists, or spending hours each week hooked up to a dialysis machine, got there because of uncontrolled high blood pressure.
When you have high blood pressure, your entire body pays a very high price, and you are at much higher risk of an early death. But it doesn’t have to happen to you.
Control Your Blood Pressure Naturally
and Reclaim Your Health and Vitality
Fortunately, nature offers several great ways to get relief from high blood pressure… without drugs and their dangerous side effects.
One natural blood pressure remedy you may have never heard of before comes from the leaves of a tree grown for its tiny fruit – the olive.
A powerful, natural compound called oleuopein, found in olive leaves, helps to safely reduce blood pressure. In controlled trials, patients taking standardized olive leaf extract lowered their systolic blood pressure by more than 11 points on average and their diastolic pressure by nearly five points. That reduction alone could cut your risk of heart disease and other complications by 25 percent.
Combine olive leaf extract with other natural supplements and even moderate lifestyle changes, and you could easily cut your risk of heart disease in half.
If you have high blood pressure or any of the risk factors associated with high blood pressure, taking 500 to 1000 mg of olive leaf extract a day can help to dramatically improve your health and cut your risks of dying early from a heart attack or stroke. You can find olive leaf extract in stores like GMC and the Vitamin Shoppe, or online from natural supplement companies like Vitacost and Life Extension. The cost is reasonable, especially compared with the costs of high blood pressure medications or high blood pressure itself.
You can make some other simple changes for an even greater positive impact on your overall health.
More Easy Ways
to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
High blood pressure can and will kill you, if you let it. But the good news is that it’s also one of the easiest conditions for you to prevent, control, or even reverse.
Try these things to further lower your blood pressure without drugs…
Walking: Take a brisk walk every day. People who go for a 30-minute fitness walk every day – or even just four or five times a week – lower their systolic pressure by 8 points and their diastolic pressure by 6 points on average.
Cut the sugar: Sugars and starches trigger insulin spikes that can lead to higher blood pressure. Fructose (fruit sugar) is especially guilty of contributing to high blood pressure. Stop drinking soda, don’t buy foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, and snack on one or two pieces of fruit a day. Snack more often on high fiber or high-protein foods like vegetables, nuts, or yogurt.
Breathe a Little Deeper: Focused deep breathing (or breathing combined with meditation, yoga, or tai chi) can immediately lower your blood pressure. When you breathe deeply, you reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body, and stress hormones elevate your blood pressure. It can also help reduce anxiety and improve relaxation.
Get some sun: Concerns about skin cancer have caused some people to avoid the sun altogether. It’s another case where moderation is the wiser course. Laying in the sun for 15 minutes two or three times a week gives you two advantages. First, it’s relaxing, which will help to control your stress hormones, which in turn lowers your blood pressure. Second, there’s no better way to get your vitamin D than from the natural process that happens inside your body when you lay in the sun. Vitamin D and sun exposure both help to lower your blood pressure through a number of different mechanisms. Who knew it could be so good for you to just laze about for a while?
Have a drink: Moderate alcohol consumption has been linked to lower blood pressure levels. Be careful, though. High alcohol intake has the opposite affect. A good guideline is three or four drinks a week. Women shouldn’t have more than one drink a day, and men should set a limit of two.
Blood pressure contributes to 15 percent of all deaths in the United States, a huge number. Multiply that number by six (the total number of your parents and grandparents), and it’s likely that one or more of them died or will die from high blood pressure.
This is one killer that you should take very seriously, all the more so since it works so silently to damage your body and put you at risk.
Fortunately, it’s easy to control if you do a few simple things like trying yoga, getting some sunshine, having an occasional cocktail, enjoying a healthy snack, going for a walk, or taking safe natural supplements instead of costly drugs that so often have unpleasant side effects. How’s that for a prescription?