Symptoms of Hypertension, better known as High blood pressure include headaches, sweating, dizziness, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, blurry vision, flushed cheeks and a ringing in the ears although it is possible to get diagnosed with Hypertension but show no symptoms at all.
Reducing High Blood pressure is important as left untreated it can become extremely dangerous. High blood pressure can be the result of too much stress, a high alcohol consumption, poor diet, obesity, excessive consumption of stimulants, heavy metal toxicity, smoking, lack of exercise, an underlying disease, magnesium deficiency or issue or a combination of many of these.
In a blood pressure reading the first number is the Systolic pressure which measures the pump pressure as the heart is actively pushing blood into the arteries. The second number is the Diastolic Pressure which measures the pressure between the beats when the heart is relaxed.
Of course stress management and more exercise will be beneficial but certain dietary changes could also have a huge impact. Conventional medicines primary recommendation is the use of Diuretics to flush excess salt and water from the bloodstream to create a reduction of pressure in the arteries. The problem with this methodology is that excessive fluid loss can lead to dehydration, constricted blood vessels and a raise of blood pressure.
I would recommend a high fiber diet, consisting of lots of fresh vegetables, green apples, low sugar fruits, flaxseeds and pre-soaked nuts.
It is important to keep hydrogenated fats, red meat, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, chocolate and spicy foods to a minimum or completely avoid them altogether if your Blood Pressure is really elevated. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and try adding more garlic, parsley, thyme, onions and celery as they have shown favorable results in reducing blood pressure. Reduce intake of salt and increase intake of overall Potassium levels, this can be achieved by eating more bananas, kelp, alfafa, cabbage, asparagus and apples.
The top 3 natural supplements that I believe can have the greatest impact on Hypertension would be:
Hawthorn: in certain studies, this herb has been shown to improve circulation, dilate the artery walls, reduce diastolic blood pressure quite dramatically and improve overall cardiovascular health. Try taking 250mg three times per day.
Magnesium: A magnesium deficiency can lead to tension and spasms of the blood vessels which is a precursor to hypertension. To obtain more magnesium in your diet, eat more kale, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts and leafy greens or take a magnesium supplements. Taking a relaxing soak in a bath with Epsom salts is a wonderful way to reintroduce Magnesium into the body and relax the whole of the nervous system inducing a restful nights sleep.
Moringa: Moringa Oleifera, also known as the “Miracle Tree” has an abundance of nutrition, such as Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Vitamins that can help to lower blood pressure, improve immune system and boost energy levels.