High blood pressure: One drink proven to lower your reading and prevent complications
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, puts strain on blood vessels, the heart and other organs such as the kidneys. So if the condition isn’t treated it can lead to life-threatening health problems such as heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and even vascular dementia. The condition can often go untreated because symptoms don’t always show. The best way to find out if you have a high reading is to have your blood pressure regular checked by your GP.
Eating a poor diet, high in salt, is one of the risk factors of the condition.
So in order to prevent or control a high reading it’s advised you eat a healthy, balanced diet.
The NHS recommends cutting your salt intake to less than 6g a day, eating a low-fat diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and drinking less caffeine.
Some experts have also found drinking hibiscus tea can help lower a high blood pressure reading.
A number of studies have found the tea can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
In one study, involving 65 people with high blood pressure, participants were given hibiscus tea or a placebo.
After six weeks, those who drank hibiscus tea had a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure, when compared to the placebo.
A 2015 review of five studies also found hibiscus tea decreased both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 7.58mmHg and 3.53mmHg.
While hibiscus tea is considered a natural way to help lower blood pressure, experts recommend patients taking high blood pressure medication hydrochlorothiazide don’t drink it, as it may interact with the drug.
Ideal high blood pressure in considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.
High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher.
Being more active is also recommended to lower high blood pressure.
Aerobic activity can be an effective way to control high blood pressure, advises Mayo Clinic.
Flexibility and strengthening exercises such as lifting weights are also important parts of an overall fitness plan.
But it adds: ”You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to benefit from aerobic activity.
“Simply adding moderate physical activities to your daily routine will help.”
Any physical activity that increases your heart and breathing rates is considered aerobic exercise.