If you’re one of the 70 million or so Americans with high blood pressure, you’re (hopefully) limiting your salt and alcohol intake, getting sources of potassium, eating your fruits and veggies, watching your weight, engaging in some exercise and have quit smoking.
If so, good for you…but that’s not all you can do.
Because there are nine other very effective measures you can take to help lower your blood pressure.
They’re quick, easy, and seven of them taste really good too!
Here are the…
Nine easy ways to lower blood pressure
Your gut microbiome truly helps control your health from head to toe and your blood pressure is no exception.
First of all, probiotics help encourage more regular bowel movements. This helps ensure that you eliminate old worn-out cholesterol in your intestinal tract, instead of risking it being reabsorbed into your bloodstream and getting you into cholesterol and high blood pressure trouble.
Plus probiotics manufacture vitamins B6 and B12 which can help lower blood pressure by controlling the level of homocysteine in your blood.
They also help support nutrient absorption from your foods, which is crucial for controlling blood pressure. Nutrients such as B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) all help encourage a healthy functioning circulatory system and promote lower blood pressure…but you only benefit from them if you are actually absorbing them!
Studies have shown that Lactobacillus species are especially helpful, and Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula has six of the best (in addition to seven other top-notch bacteria strains)!
Omega-3 essential fatty acid supplementation
It continues to boggle my mind how many people with blood pressure concerns don’t take advantage of Nature’s anti-inflammatory—Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
That’s like refusing water when you’re dying of thirst.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been medically proven to lower blood pressure, and increasing numbers of doctors are advising their patients to up their Omega-3 intake.
One of the best ways to engage this natural anti-inflammatory and help lower blood pressure is to take a high-quality fish oil supplement like VitalMega-3.
Seven foods that lower blood pressure
Here are seven great-tasting ways to help lower your blood pressure:
“Nature’s candy” is not only rich in antioxidants, helps enhance bone health and protect against macular degeneration, but now raisins have been shown to help lower blood pressure too.
So grab a handful and snack your way to lower readings.
- Kiwi fruit
Some of the impressive benefits of these brown fuzzy gems are that they’re loaded with Vitamin C, help fight colds and prevent asthma, and have fiber that helps keep you “regular” down there.
And eating three of them a day can help lower your blood pressure too, according to the American Heart Association.
Fresh raw garlic has been shown to not only help lower blood pressure but also help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol!
- Cayenne pepper
In addition to helping enhance your immune system, ease osteoarthritis pain, clear congestion and fight inflammation, cayenne pepper has been shown to help reduce blood pressure.
Now don’t worry, those of you with ulcers or other stomach challenges. Cayenne pepper is alkaline to your body, and it’s even been shown to help PREVENT ulcers!
The picnic staple can also help keep you out of the pharmacy.
A Florida State University study has concluded that watermelon lowers blood pressure.
In addition to its helpful potassium content, the researchers also found a specific amino acid in watermelon that helps to bring your numbers down too.
And speaking of potassium, bananas should be on your list of hypertension-fighting foods.
The Harvard Medical School reported a UK study that determined foods containing potassium nitrate (like bananas) were more effective than supplements containing potassium chloride for lowering blood pressure.
- Dark chocolate
Yes, you read that right! Something so delicious can be very good for you too.
The research proves it–there are compounds in cacao that dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure.
The catch is the chocolate must be dark and preferably organic…but don’t overdo it. Because then you’ll be dealing with sugar in your bloodstream and excess weight which will push your blood pressure UP–not down.
Put the power of the right supplements and delicious foods to work in helping to lower your blood pressure now!