Hypertension & Prehypertension

Hypertension: repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mm-Hg — a systolic pressure above 140 with a diastolic pressure above 90.

Prehypertension (a precursor to hypertension): A systolic pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure between 80 and 89 mm Hg.

Source: www.medterms.com

Healthy Ping’s remedies and suggestions:

A healthy lifestyle will help control blood pressure, even if you are on medication for hypertension.

Cut down salt intake: a healthy adult should have no more than 2400mg of sodium per day. Limiting salt to1500 mg a day will dramatically reduce blood pressure. Avoid eating processed foods, they have high salt content. (Suggested by Mayo Clinic)

Do not eat salty or sweet foods: they cause water retention and then the blood pressure becomes higher the next day.

Beneficial fruits /Vegetables: Celery, watermelon the white part and Tung Qwa (wax gourd) are natural diuretics. They help the kidneys eliminate sodium and water, decrease blood volume and reduce the blood pressure. Celery also contains active compounds called phthalides that relax the artery muscles, dilate the vessels and lower the blood pressure. Phthalide also gives celery its unique aroma and taste.

Hibiscus tea: soak 5 hibiscus flowers in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes, cool down and drink once or twice a day. It can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Healthy diet: Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. Healthyping’s drinks provide plenty of good nutrients, calcium, magnesium and potassium to maintain a normal blood pressure and a healthy weight. (Check green & red drinks at www.healthyping.com)

Keep a healthy weight: for hypertension and being overweight, losing even 5 pounds can lower the blood pressure. (Suggested by Mayo Clinic)

Routine work out: Regular physical activity helps to lose weight and lower blood pressure. Aerobic exercise for 30 minutes a day is recommended. Walking on an elliptical machine and swimming are great exercises that won’t hurt the joints.

Exercise with slow motion and deep breathing: Tai Ji, Yoga and Pilates provide gentle stretching, slow motion, deep breathing and meditation to relax the mind and body and control hypertension.

Limit alcohol: alcohol can raise the blood pressure, but red wine benefits general health.  According to www.healthcastle.com drinking red wine lowers the risk of a heart attack for middle age people by 30 to 50 percent. Drinking 4 oz or less every day of red wine is suggested.

Don’t smoke: Tobacco damages the blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries. It is important to quit if you smoke. Acupuncture & acupressure can help.

Reduce stress as much as possible: stress can raise the blood pressure. Deep breathing and counting to 20 can help you calm down when you’re upset. Getting plenty of sleep is the best way to relax. Falling to sleep before 10 pm is good for the liver and immune system recovery. Acupuncture and Meridian massage help to cope with stress and hypertension.

Monitor your blood pressure at home: take your blood pressure at the same time every morning to make sure your medication is working. If needed, you can call your doctor for any changes. During fall and winter you should check your blood pressure in the morning and evening to prevent seasonal hypertension and stroke.

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