Given today’s high stress lifestyles it is essential to know a few home remedies for sudden high blood pressure to give immediate relief. High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition where the blood pressure is elevated above the normal parameter of 120/80 mmHg. It generally gives some symptoms like headache especially occipital headaches, vertigo or giddiness, palpitations, unexplained fatigue, frequent nosebleeds, flushing of the face, maybe even nausea, blurring of vision or it may be completely asymptomatic.
Causes of high blood pressure can range from something simple (and most commonly) like stress to congenital disorders like renal artery stenosis or acquired diseases like adrenal tumors. Factors like your age, weight for height, salt intake, amount of exercise, race, heredity, smoking, alcohol, pregnancy, oral contraceptives affect your blood pressure.
Follow the following tips to help lower your blood pressure permanently without medication:
1. Do some amount of regular exercise like 30 minutes of a brisk walk, jogging, cycling, swimming, or anything else you enjoy at least 5 days a week. This will help keep your cholesterol levels in check and reduce blood pressure.
2. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a set of dietary changes given by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, America. Following these will help lower blood pressure naturally –
– Have a diet low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.
– Have more of low – fat dairy foods, fruits and vegetables. Fruits like bananas, oranges, guavas which are high on potassium and help lower blood pressure.
– Focus on whole grain food products instead of those containing refined flour.
– Have plenty of fish, nuts, and poultry but limit your meat, sugar and sweet intake. This shall provide you with essential potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc in your diet. It shall also give plenty of fibre and proteins to beat the blood pressure.
– Cut down on oily and fried foods.
3. Have a sound 6-7 hour sleep daily. This underestimated part of life is extremely essential for the body to recover and prepare for the next day.
4. Quit smoking as it thickens your blood and increases chances of strokes and heart attacks multi-fold.
5. Check your blood pressure regularly using a home blood pressure monitor or with your family physician once every 3 months. It is essential to know what your blood pressure category is (normal, low, moderate or high) and what are the risks it entails (heart failure, stroke, kidney failure).
Here are a few easily available home remedies for blood pressure that are probably lurking in your refrigerator and might come in use someday –
1. Garlic – it is proven to reduce the spasm of blood vessels and the pulse rate and thereby lower the pressure. 1-2 raw cloves maybe consumed everyday in the morning on an empty stomach or with a spoon of honey.
2. Watermelon – Take the seeds, dried and roasted in liberal amounts daily. The high citrulline content in it is known to help generate nitric oxide which expands and relaxes blood vessels. Thereby it helps reduce high blood pressure.
3. Flaxseed – It contains high amount of omega 3 fatty acids that help lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. It also contains antioxidants called lignans which aid the process. You can have them in your yogurt, soups, salads or roasted seeds by themselves.
4. Indian Gooseberry – Amla has shown results in reducing blood glucose levels as well as blood cholesterol levels. Thus having a tablespoonful of juice each morning with equal amount of honey is beneficial in lowering blood pressure.
5. Parsley – This herb not only freshens up your breath but by inhibiting the sodium-potassium pump in the kidneys it helps eliminate excess sodium and retain the potassium in the kidneys. Thereby it reduces the excess water that sodium retains with itself and reduces blood pressure naturally. You can chew it after meals or add it as a spice to your meals.
6. Rauwolfia serpentine – This legendary drug is used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicine since hundreds of years. It contains numerous active principles which relax the blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. They have now been isolated to be used in capsules in allopathic medicine too. Half a teaspoon of the juice taken twice daily will be very effective in dealing with hypertension.
7. Fenugreek – It is known to reduce hypercholesterolemia and few roasted seeds taken with water every morning shall help reduce blood pressure effectively.
8. Curry leaves – They are known to reduce cholesterol and thereby blood pressure. Boil 30-40 curry leaves and put it aside to cool. Filter off the leaves and drink the solution on an empty stomach daily regularly.
If despite these home remedies for high blood pressure, the symptoms continue or new symptoms occur you must opt for medication with the conventional or alternative systems of medication.
– Dr. Rachita Narsaria