Blood pressure is the force with which the blood moves through the human body. If this force is too strong for longer period, it will make the artery walls weaker which can be very dangerous to your health.

Statistics show that 70 million people in U.S. suffer from high blood pressure, meaning 1 in 3 adults. In Canada the number is 1 in 6 individuals.

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension poses a number of health risks, including the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and atherosclerosis. Therefore, prevention and early diagnosis is of vital importance.

Medications increase the risk of cancer

According to studies, taking the most commonly prescribed medications – calcium channel blockers (Amlodipine, Verapamil, Diltiazem) – for an extended period puts you at risk of developing cancer 2 and a half times that of someone who doesn’t and the odds increase as you age.

Two types of hypertension

Hypertension can be genetic or acquired through a high-risk lifestyle. There are 2 types of hypertension essential (primary) and secondary. In the case of essential hypertension, there’s no possible cause and it gradually develops over many years. Secondary hypertension is usually connected with other conditions such as:

-Kidney problems

-Thyroid problems

-Obstructive sleep apnea

-Adrenal gland tumors

-Certain congenital blood defects

The risk factor for high blood pressure include:

-Age

-Excessive use of alcohol or drugs of any kind

-Overweight

-Race – high blood pressure is more common in African Americans than white Americans

-Sedentary lifestyle

-Stress

-Tobacco use

-Chronic vitamin D and/or potassium deficiency over time

-Too much salt

-Other chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease

Medications for high blood pressure can kill you faster than hypertension itself, so what can you do?

There is a lot you can do!

How to manage high blood pressure

According to many studies, high intake of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of heart disease with demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects due to the group of phytonutrients known as anthocyanins.

In order to manage high blood pressure:

-Reduce your salt intake: Reduced salt intake can delay or prevent the incidence of antihypertensive therapy, can promote blood pressure reduction, and may represent a simple cost-saving mediator to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

-Exercise: Exercise is a foundation therapy for the prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension.

-Avoid foods that worsen hypertension, like alcohol, processed meats, ramen noodles, and anything with high sodium content.

Below is a recipe for hypertension tea that is delicious and will provide nutrients to reduce blood pressure.

Celery contains phthalides, phytonutrients that act to reduce constriction in artery walls, allowing increased blood flow.

Red dates contain high levels of potassium, a nutrient known to lessen the effects of sodium in the bloodstream, thereby reducing blood pressure.

Ingredients:

-7 ounces of organic celery

-2 ounces red dates

-2 quarters water

Instructions:

-Wash and clean celery and red dates.

-Cut celery into small sections.

-Put all ingredients in a soup pot and simmer for 30 minutes.

-Strain the chunks from the liquid.

-Drink the tea as often as possible.

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Blood pressure is the force with which the blood moves through the human body. If this force is too strong for longer period, it will make the artery walls weaker which can be very dangerous to your health. Statistics show that 70 million people in U.S. suffer from high blood...