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Holiday season is here, the days are filled with the hustle and bustle to get organized, presents purchased, house cleaned, food prepped, dinner parties to attend and orchestrating who will host dinner on Christmas Day. Do you feel your blood pressure rising thinking about this? Well, that’s the thing, you cannot feel your blood pressure rise which is why high blood pressure, or hypertension, is notoriously called the silent killer.
Hypertension is thought to affect more than 1 in 5 Canadians which means many people are on blood pressure medication. Sometimes, blood pressure is well controlled on these medications, other times it may need extra support for lowering and many want to prevent hypertension from occurring.
Luckily, there are many natural substances and therapies to lower your blood pressure naturally and also benefitting the body in numerous other ways than solely just lowering blood pressure.
Here are the top 5 natural therapies to lower blood pressure:
Magnesium is one of the best minerals to supplement with if you have high blood pressure and can quickly relax the blood vessels. It is a mineral that many of people are depleted in and is required for over 300 biochemical reactions. Can Prev’s Magnesium + Taurine, B6 and Zinc was specifically formulated to help with proper cardiovascular function.
Water is vital for any living organism, yet, so under utilized as a therapy for health concerns. It is one of the most cost effective natural therapies to help almost all of your physiological systems function optimally. Dehydration can cause the release of a hormone called vasopressin which is telling the body to release more water but this hormone will constrict the blood vessels thus increasing blood pressure.
Co enzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like component that is important for energy production in each cell’s mitochondria, which functions like the cell’s own engine. CoQ10 is found in organs that have large energy needs like the heart, so a deficiency in CoQ10 is going to affect the heart first. Now, statin drugs (cholesterol lowering medications) can inhibit CoQ10 to work properly and after the age of 30 your body is less able to metabolize coQ10 on it’s own. Therefore, taking Can Prev’s Ubiquinol; the active form of CoQ10, is superior for absorption and therapeutic benefits for cardiovascular health while reducing high blood pressure.
4.Exercise, Meditation and Relaxation Methods:
Similar to water, exercise, meditation or other relaxation methods are very under utilized but extremely effective therapies to help lower your blood pressure. As these activities help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which dilates the blood vessels to release heat, slows heart rate down and induce that ‘rest and digest’ state that allow our bodies to switch into a restful and calm mode.
There are certains foods that you can incorporate daily to give your body the nutrients that helps specifically with lowering high blood pressure.
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Hi I am Dr. Laura: mum of 2, Naturopathic Doctor, Health and Wellness Expert, Educator, Speaker, & Entreprenuer