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Hypertension, and How to Prevent It

 If you're above the age of 35, chances are you may have already been warned about the dangers of hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is a condition that occurs when the force of the blood on the arteries' walls is too strong, which eventually creates health problems, especially those connected to heart disease. Our blood pressure is mainly dependent on our blood vessels. When they narrow, the blood pressure level rises (just like a garden hose being squeezed sends water more powerfully). Normal blood pressure should be 120/80. 


Symptoms of hypertension

Unfortunately, many people won't show signs of hypertension, and it will only become evident when they either go through a test or have a health-related problem. 

Common symptoms include Mild headaches, Dizziness, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and vision problems.

Common causes of high blood pressure
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- Kidney problems
- Age
- Obesity
- Stress
- Lack of exercise
- Use of certain drugs (cocaine, for example, alcohol for another)
- Certain medication (cold remedies, birth control pills, pain relievers etc.)
- Sleep apnea

However, there are a great many cases of hypertension with unknown underlying reasons, perhaps genetic, and they can be controlled effectively with certain home remedies and lifestyle changes.

Home remedies that will lower your blood pressure
1. Lemon Water
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Lemon softens your blood vessels, and in turn, lowers your blood pressure. In addition, the vitamin B in it will help keep your heart healthy. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a glass of hot water, drink it on an empty stomach. Try to drink 5-6 glasses of fresh lemon water every day. It would be best to drink lemon juice without any sugar or salt, you can always add a little honey if the taste is a bit too bitter.

2. Ginger Juice with Cumin
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Mix a teaspoon of cumin powder with a honey and ginger juice mixture to create a blood pressure remedy. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger juice to a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of cumin powder and mix well. Consume twice a day to lower your blood pressure.
3. Garlic
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Garlic is a very common home remedy that reduces the cholesterol levels in our body, one of the main causes of high blood pressure. Garlic contains hydrogen sulfide, a compound that is essential to good blood flow.

To effectively lower your blood pressure, eat 5-6 cloves of fresh garlic every day, on an empty stomach. You can also extract the juice of the garlic by crushing about 10 cloves of it. Add 5-6 drops of garlic juice to four teaspoons of water and drink twice a day.

4. Watermelon seeds
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Watermelon seeds contain a substance called cucurbitacin. This material helps widen the blood capillaries in your body and reduces hypertension levels. It also helps fight off arthritis and kidney diseases.

Start by taking two tablespoons of dried seeds and crushing them gently. Then add them to a cup of boiling water. Leave in the cup for about an hour and slightly stir it so it mixes with the water all the way. Strain it and drink 4 tablespoons of this water every hour of the day for quick results. 

5. Curry Leaves
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Curry leaves contain many medicinal properties and were found to be effective in treating high blood pressure.

Boil 25-30 leaves in a cup of water. Let it simmer down to room temperature and strain away the leaves. Drink this concoction early in the morning on an empty stomach.

6. Celery Leaves
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A substance called 3-N-butylphthalide (try saying that 3 times fast) is found in high amounts in celery leaves and is a compound that can really help drastically lower your blood pressure, as well as reduce the stress hormones that cause the blood vessels to constrict in the first place.

Add one or more stalks of celery (or celery leaves) and make a daily vegetable salad that will help you really reduce that blood pressure. When consuming the celery, drink a glass of water for better results.

7. Onion Juice

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A recent study has found that giving people who suffer from hypertension onion juice, reduced their condition considerably, compared to a placebo group. Researchers think a compound named quercetin may be responsible for this. Try to eat at least one raw onion a day. Extract the juice of the onion and add a teaspoon of it to a teaspoon of honey. Drink this twice a day, every day to lower your blood pressure.

8. Fenugreek Seeds
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Make a paste out of fenugreek seeds that are said to be very useful in the battle against high blood pressure. Take 1-2 teaspoons of seeds and boil them in water for about 3-4 minutes. Strain the seeds and crush them (or use a blender) to make a smooth paste. Consume this amount twice every day: morning and evening, and always on an empty stomach. Your hypertension should begin to lower in 2-3 months time.

Note: Please check with your doctor regarding the regular use of Fenugreek seeds, as over-consumption may cause problems with circulation and heart rhythm.

9. Bananas
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Bananas have zero cholesterol and are low in sodium. Try to eat at least 2 of them a day or add them to your meals. Other foods that are good for high blood pressure: orange juice, spinach, baked sweet potatoes, and raisins.
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