In the course of this article, I shall base my emphasis on the major reason why high blood pressure (hypertension) could be dangerous, and simple ways of controlling it, without taking medications.
High blood pressure also known as hypertension is a deadly, dysfunctional state of the heart; if not handled with care could cause eventual death. A lot of people are ignorant of same; hence, they actually do not notice the symptoms on time.
The heart beats as it pumps blood through the vessels (arteries, veins, capillaries) to other parts of the body. In turn, the heart-beat creates pressure that pushes blood through the blood vessels. This pressure is a result of two forces: The first force – systolic pressure – occurs as blood pumps out of the heart, into the arteries; whereas, second force – diastolic pressure – is created as the heart rests between heart beats.
High blood pressure (hypertension) sets in when the pressure [force] of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Hence, the arteries become stiff, narrow overtime. This condition could cause a striking damage to the heart, kidney, and other organs in the body.
High blood pressure also boost the chances of having heart attacks and stroke. The the scary thing about it, is that you may have high blood pressure without knowing it. High blood pressure can as well damage your body for years without any symptom – that is why doctors refer high blood pressure to as a “silent killer”.
This is indeed a big deal, and require serious caution to ameliorate the devastating effect. It is therefore advised to always check your blood pressures as often as possible. Blood pressure is measured in millimeter per mercury (mmHg). The standard blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
However, stage 1 hypertension is a pressure ranging from 130-139/80-89 mmHg. Stage 2 hypertension, a more-severe hypertension, records higher than 140/90 mm Hg.
You can also prevent or control high blood pressure, with the following simple steps, without medications.
- Eat healthy food such as vegetables, fruits, healthy diets, whole grains. Foods rich in potassium and magnesium, like leafy greens and beans.
- Loose your weight; this can be achieved through healthy eating, and exercise.
- Work less, sit less, it helps your blood to circulate evenly.
- Avoid excessive intake of alcohol.
- Reduce salt intake in your diet.
- Avoid stress, and learn how to relax.
- Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure. The sweet is rich in flavanols which relax blood vessels and boost blood flow.
- Relax with cool soothing, classical music for 30 minutes dairly; while taking a slow breathe.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News