Keeping it Down!

sick womenHigh blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Even worse, you may have it without any symptoms for years. But make no mistake: the lack of symptoms doesn’t mean that damage isn’t being done inside your body. In fact, the damage can be monumental and permanent if you don’t take care of it in a timely manner.

Enlarged heart

Because your heart has to work harder to pump blood faster, it can cause your heart to become enlarged. This can lead to other major heart conditions such as heart failure, stroke, and sudden cardiac death.

Artery damage

Hypertension can damage the inner linings of your arteries. Eventually, they will become stiff and thick, otherwise known as ‘hardening of the arteries.’ This blocks blood flow to your organs including kidneys, liver, and your brain. This can eventually lead to severe medical emergencies such as heart attack, stroke and aneurysms.

Heart failure

This doesn’t mean that your heart actually stops, as many people believe. It means that your heart ‘fails’ to function properly. This can cause your heart to become weak and tired over time. Heart failure can greatly impact the quality of life you currently enjoy. You will find yourself tired all the time, and unable to participate in activities like running, swimming, and even climbing stairs.

The good news is that with treatment and life style changes, you can get your blood pressure under control and significantly lower your risk of suffering from one of these conditions. Diet plays a large role in your blood pressure levels. If your diet consists of a large amount of processed food, saturated fats and sugar, your body will thank you by not only becoming larger but failing to provide you with the quality of life you deserve.

Apple cider vinegar

This simple food is anything but ordinary. It can be used to cure just about anything from sore throats to sunburn and is believed to help in weight loss efforts. Recent studies have shown that ACV can also help calm blood pressure fluctuations.

ACV will only produce great results, though, if you take it on a consistent basis and take appropriate doses. A casual user (once a week, or whenever you remember) is not going to make any strides in reducing your blood pressure levels.

So, how do you take it? There are many ways you can ‘sneak’ it into your diet. For example, add it to your soups and stews, or use it as a dressing on salad. Mix up a morning tonic of 1 tbsp ACV, 1 cup of water and 1 tsp of honey. It also comes in tablet form if you really don’t like the taste.

Along with apple cider vinegar, it’s also beneficial to give your diet an overhaul. This means choosing more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.

Of course, you shouldn’t start any health regime without first talking to your doctor. He or she can give you advice on what’s best for you and your particular situation.

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