Health Headlines: Natural ways to lower blood pressure

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Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 7:13 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) - Half of the adults in the United States have high blood pressure. A high blood pressure reading is 130 over 80 or higher and if not controlled, it can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. But there are some natural ways to lower your blood pressure.

Only about one in four people have their high blood pressure under control. Medication can help, but … Daniel Munoz, MD Cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says, “Medications can be tough to take. They can be complicated to take.”

There are other ways to lower your blood pressure. First, experts recommend - Get Moving – a lot. A study from Japan found getting moderate physical exercise for only 30 to 60 minutes per week decreased blood pressure for those with untreated high blood pressure. Exercising for 61 to 90 minutes reduced it even further. Next, cut your salt intake. One common, but lesser-known, cause of high blood pressure is salt sensitivity — where the body fails to eliminate excess salt. The American Heart Association recommends an intake of no more than 2.3 grams of salt per day, with the ideal amount being 1.5 grams or less. Losing weight can also help.

William C. Roberts, MD Executive Director, at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute says, “If everybody in America lost 10 pounds, the health of this nation would skyrocket.”

Researchers found that even losing around 4.5 pounds resulted in lowered blood pressure. Forty-two percent of the participants no longer had high blood pressure after losing the weight.

And if you love coffee, there’s some good news. A study in Italy found those who drank two to three cups of coffee per day had significantly lower blood pressure than non-coffee drinkers.

Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.