How to reduce high blood pressure: Doing THIS relaxing activity cuts hypertension risk

HIGH blood pressure symptoms include fatigue and nausea. This is how to reduce hypertension risk without medication.

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HEALTH: Ideal blood pressure is normally considered between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg

One in four Brits suffer with high blood pressure, according to the NHS.

People with the common condition, also know as hypertension, are also more susceptible to heart disease and stroke.

Symptoms of high blood pressure include chest pain, fatigue, severe headaches, blood in urine and irregular heartbeat.

Lifestyle and diet play an important role in treating and preventing high blood pressure.

Taking part in daily meditation sessions can help lower blood pressure, according to scientific research.

A study led by Dr. Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA, found Transcendental Meditation reduces high blood pressure.

According to researchers stress can contribute to hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Meditation has been proven to drastically reduce stress levels and therefore bring down blood pressure.

Transcendental Meditation involves sitting comfortably and closing the eyes for 20 minutes, twice a day, to achieve a quality of rest in the mind and body.

Mindfulness and meditation can also reduce pain, according to a study by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Another study, conducted by scientists are UCLA, found meditation can also reduce brain ageing.

Yoga is another practice that has been proven to lower blood pressure.

New research suggests an hour of yoga a day reduces blood pressure and may help patients with prehypertension avoid developing high blood pressure.

The study, presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India, examined the effect of hatha yoga on the blood pressure of 60 patients with prehypertension.

Participants were divided into two groups. One group made lifestyle changes and did yoga everyday for three months, while the other only made the basic lifestyle changes.

Researchers found those who did the yoga decreased their blood pressure more drastically than those who didn’t.

Other moderate exercise like walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and dancing are also effective in lowering blood pressure.

The NHS recommend reduce the amount of salt you eat and generally following a healthy diet in order to cut hypertension risk.

Cutting back on alcohol and caffeine and quitting smoking can also help reduce your risk.

The NHS advises: “Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day may increase your blood pressure.

“If you’re a big fan of coffee, tea or other caffeine-rich drinks, such as cola and some energy drinks, consider cutting down.

“It’s fine to drink tea and coffee as part of a balanced diet but it’s important that these drinks are not your main or only source of fluid.”

What is normal blood pressure?

Ideal blood pressure is normally considered between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.

Charity Blood Pressure UK state that people with a blood pressure below 120 over 80 have a lower risk of heart disease or stroke.

Your blood pressure is considered high if your systolic is 140mmHg, and your systolic is 90mmHg or higher.

Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or lower.

Blood Pressure UK said: “Only one of the numbers has to be higher or lower than it should be to count as either high blood pressure or low blood pressure.”

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