Lifestyle changes, home remedies, and alternative medicine– can any of these significantly lower your blood pressure? The Mayo Clinic thinks so.
Most doctors agree that medications are needed to lower blood pressure, but they don’t stop there.
First off, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, and regular exercise all have their part in the plan. Next up is diet. Has your doctor suggested you limit salt intake?
If it seems you must give up many of the things to which you are accustomed. Think about the healthy things you can add. It’s time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. However, you don’t have to like spinach and collard greens or filling up on apples– be creative. Think about the fruits and vegetables you already enjoy. Eat them more often.
If you like whole grain bread, try oatmeal and bran muffins and experiment with new fish and poultry recipes.
One of the best ways we can stick to a specialized diet is to look at the options then choose from it the items we already like. From there, we can gradually add new flavors and textures in the same meals with our favorites.
And of course, a consistent exercise plan is an important part of the picture.
Can Supplements Help to Lower Blood Pressure?
Ask your doctor to be sure. However, preliminary research is encouraging. Fiber, such as wheat bran and psyllium and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium may all improve your BP numbers. The supplements coenzyme Q10 and L-arginine may also benefit you.
And last, but not least, don’t forget your omega-3s. Fatty fish like tuna and salmon will add these to your diet as will fish oil capsules and flaxseed.
As always, check with your doctor before adding or subtracting any foods, beverages or supplements to your diet. Some can alter the effect of your blood pressure medicine and even cause harmful side effects.
However, if you get the go-ahead, consider the cliche “You eat with your eyes before your stomach.” Make each plate colorful with a variety of foods and savor every bite of your old favorites while becoming acquainted with the new.