Hypertension

What Is Hypertension?

Hypertension (increased blood pressure) has been commonly termed as the silent killer as it is the reason for several sudden deaths but does not manifest any major symptom. Many Indians are succumbed to this problem due to their poor dietary and lifestyle habits. In an adult, the blood pressure is considered normal at 120/80 and any reading that goes beyond or below the normal is considered to be dangerous.

What Triggers Hypertension?

  • Family history of hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Increasing Age
  • Increased intake of sodium
  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Certain medications and illnesses

How Would You Know If You Have Hypertension ?

  • In case of hypertension, you may experience dull headaches, dizzy spells and frequent nosebleeds
  • You may also complain of shortness of breath, inactivity and severe anxiety
  • Constant fatigue
  • Nausea

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • In case, your symptoms do not get better, you may experience blurry vision, fatigue, nausea and shortness of breath.
  • Do not avoid these symptoms instead, make sure you see a doctor at the earliest for medical help.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • For an effective diagnosis, the doctor may suggest you to get blood tests and blood pressure monitoring done.
  • In order to regulate the blood pressure you may be recommended to take water pills to remove the excessive water from the body. Along with that you may also be suggested to use beta blockers (to reduce the pressure of the blood through the veins)
  • In addition to this, the doctor shall suggest lifestyle and dietary changes to bring the associated symptoms under control.
  • In case you are smoker, make sure you resort to quit smoking.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Hypertension ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Bananas

Ingredients: Bananas

Ways to Use:

-Bananas serve as a rich source of potassium and therefore helps to bring down the blood pressure levels. You can choose to take bananas in the form of a smoothie or a shake in your daily breakfast. 
 

2. Spinach

Ingredients: Spinach

Ways to Use:

-Spinach is loaded with potassium and magnesium which have been found to significantly lower the blood pressure levels. You can add spinach to your daily salad, sandwiches and seasonal serving of veggies as well. 

3. Berries

Ingredients: Berries

Ways to Use:

-Berries, a rich source of antioxidants, can be added to your daily serving of salad.

4. Sunflower Seeds

Ingredients: Sunflower Seeds

Ways to Use:

-Sunflower seeds can be a good ingredient for your healthy snacking during your work hours. It is best suggested to have them without salt to reap its countless benefits. 

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