How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

By March 2, 2017Diet

Have you ever had a situation that felt like you were getting your soul sucked out of you?

Did you noticed or are you noticing how it is affecting you physically?

We are designed to deal with stressful events for a short time and then get over it. Otherwise chronic stress can wreak havoc on every system in the body.

When I was 20 years old, I took some time off from college and decided to work a “real job” until I decided what I wanted to do in life. One of my first jobs, I was a door salesman selling high end vacuum cleaners.

It was very stressful and working 16-18 hours a day did not help. It did not take me long to figure out that this was not my dream job. It was more like a nightmare. One night, after a long day at work, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up dinner. I was wound up and I could not relax. I decided that I would check my blood pressure. After a few minutes, the reading came back at 145/90, which meant I had high blood pressure.

Classification of Blood Pressure for Adults

BP Classification

Systolic

Diastolic

Normal

Less than 120

And Less than 80

Prehypertension

120-139

Or 80-89

Stage I Hypertension

140-159

Or 90-99

Stage II Hypertension

160+

Or 100+

From The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, 2003.

I was shocked. How could this be?

I ate well and I exercised regularly. I thought that it has to be the job. I did not need much of an excuse to quit the job. The position was not a good fit. I had no authority to make a situation better, other than to leave the job. I chose to resign rather than stay and let it kill me slowly.

But what if you can't leave your situation right away?

First, make a plan and devise an exit strategy. Tell only the people who will support you. Everyone else can wait until you have your plan in place.

In the meantime, if you have high blood pressure due to the situation, here are some ways to help you support your body.

Strive for 7-10 servings (1 cup raw, ½ cup cooked) per day of vegetables and fruits. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables with all the colors of the rainbow.

Beneficial foods for High Blood Pressure

  • Olive oil
  • Cocoa, chocolate
  • Red wine
  • Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Whole Oats
  • Organic, Non-GMO Soy
  • Flaxseed
  • Pomegranate juice

Exercise 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3-5 times per week. Alternatively you can have a goal of 10,000 steps per day.

Take time to relax throughout the day. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and doing a few minutes of deep breathing exercise or you could start a practice of meditation, Tai Chi, prayer work or listening to relaxing music. Choose what works for you.

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