High blood pressure affected over 2.1 million people under the age of 45 in England in 2015. This condition can have vast effects on your health and leave lasting damage to your body. A study by the NHS found that even those with slightly elevated blood pressure, but not high enough to be classed as high blood pressure, are a third more likely to be diagnosed with dementia later in life. This elevated blood pressure is usually treated by medication, but it can also be treated with natural remedies such as diet control and chiropractic sessions.
What Are the Risks?
Leaving high blood pressure untreated over a longer period of time can have serious complications on your health, such as:
- Heart attack or stroke – high blood pressure can lead to the thickening of the arteries, which restricts blood flow and can cause a heart attack or stroke.
- Heart Failure – The higher the blood pressure in your body, the harder your heart has to pump. This can cause the pumping chamber to thicken, and means the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to fulfil your body’s needs.
- Aneurysm – high blood pressure can cause an aneurysm to form, which if bursts can be life threatening.
- Vision Loss – Thickened vessels in the eyes can mean cell death due to lack of oxygen, causing vision loss.
- Dementia – As mentioned above, the NHS has seen a link between dementia and high blood pressure.
Of course, all these ailments could happen to even the healthiest people, but having high blood pressure can increase the risk of occurrence so why not try to lower the risk as much as possible?
How to Help Alleviate Increased Blood Pressure
Prescription medication for high blood pressure have many adverse side effects ranging from a persistent dry cough, to dizziness and flu like symptoms. This has led more and more people to seek out alternative treatment.
What is often forgot is that specific dietary practices, natural supplements, spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes (exercising more, quitting smoking, or losing weight) are all proven strategies that can lower blood pressure. In cases of mild to moderate increased blood pressure, these practices have shown to either need no medication, or to lower the dosage needed.
Natural Methods to Lower Blood Pressure
Proven methods to lower blood pressure naturally include:
1) Chiropractic treatment
2) Weight loss
3) Endurance exercise; even a brisk walk for 45 minutes per day, 4 times per week can make a difference
4) Limit alcohol intake to one drink per day
5) Reduce intake of salt and heavily salt-processed foods
6) Eat at least five fruit and vegetable servings per day
7) Eat fish three or more times per week
8) Natural supplements i.e.: Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorn extract, flaxseed oil, Calcium-Magnesium.
All these methods combined can help lower your blood pressure, and lead to a healthier, happier life.
If you would like to see if chiropractic can help you then get in contact and let’s see what we can do for you!