Today we celebrate World Hypertension Day and the theme is “Know Your Numbers” with the goal of raising awareness of high blood pressure in all populations around the world. The World Hypertension Day was inaugurated in 2005 for the first time and has since become an annual event. The goal of the day is to raise public awareness about Hypertension and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic. Here you will find everything you need to know about Hypertension or high blood pressure, as well as natural ways to control and regulate to live a healthy life.
World Hypertension Day 2018: How Much Blood Pressure Is Normal?
According to the Heart Association, blood pressure above 140/90 mmHg is generally considered high. When your blood pressure is high, the heart and arteries can be overloaded. It can also expose you to certain cardiovascular diseases. An optimal blood pressure level is below 120/80 mmHg. Measured values over 120/80 mmHg and up to 139/89 mmHg are in the normal to high range. However, this can vary from person to person. It is always good to consult a doctor at your ideal blood pressure level.
- Being overweight
- Binge-drinking alcohol
- Excessive smoking
- A family history of high blood pressure
- Not getting enough physical activity
- Old age
Natural Ways To Cure Hypertension
Your food choices can significantly affect your blood pressure. Choosing the right diet is all you need to stay healthy. Here is a list of things you need to do to stay in control.
1. Eat less salt
Eat less salt as sodium intake can cause an increase in blood pressure. Eating salt increases the amount of sodium in the blood and ruins the balance, reducing the ability of the kidneys to eliminate water. The result is high blood pressure.
2. Include bananas in your diet
Rich in potassium, bananas are great for lowering blood pressure. To add more bananas to your diet, add them to your cereals, cakes, bread, smoothies, smoothies and more.
3. Load up on greens
These delicacies are low in calories, rich in fiber and filled with nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, folic acid, etc., which are the key ingredients for reducing and maintaining high blood pressure or high blood pressure.
Eating a high fiber diet can help maintain a healthy blood pressure and oatmeal does wonders, which can reduce both systolic and diastolic pressure. So include this low-sodium food in your pancakes, cakes, cereals, et al.
Watermelon contains an amino acid known as L-citrulline that has been proven to lower blood pressure. It is a heart health promoting food loaded with lycopene, fiber, potassium and vitamin A, all of which have blood pressure lowering effects.
Ayurveda For Hypertension
According to the book of The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Dr. Vasant Lad, here are some foods to reduce hypertension or high blood pressure.
- Drink one cup of mango juice, followed about an hour later by half cup warm milk, with a pinch of cardamom, a pinch of nutmeg and one teaspoon of ghee.
- Mix orange juice and coconut water in a ratio of two parts orange to one part coconut. Drink a half to one cup two to three times a day.
- Try some cucumber raita with your meal. Cucumber is a good diuretic.
- Moong dal soup made with moong dal along with cilantro, cumin, and a pinch of turmeric is good for people with hypertension.
- Honey water can also help. Add a teaspoon of honey and five to 10 drops of apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water, and drink it first thing in the morning.
Make sure you consult your doctor before switching to any food. On this World Hypertension Day, let us pledge to lead a healthy lifestyle and ensure a fit and healthy heart.