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High Blood Pressure: Natural Ways to Improve Control  (4-7) 

More solutions for controlling high blood pressure using natural solutions include the following in addition to those mentioned on the previous page.

(4) Controlling high blood pressure-pass the potassium please

An additional way of controlling high blood pressure naturally is to increase the level of the mineral potassium.  George Webb, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Physics and Biophysics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine stated that “The number of hypertensives who respond to potassium seems to depend on how long the studies are performed”. He then commented that "In a two-week study we find that maybe 30% get a reduction, but with an eight-week study, we might find that 70% get a reduction,".

Dr. Webb concluded that the total amount of potassium you consume probably isn't quite as important as maintaining a proper ratio between potassium/sodium in your diet.  He stated that "we believe there's a clear benefit when you get three times as much potassium as sodium."  He then commented that "If you're on a low-salt diet and getting 2 grams of sodium (2 grams of sodium equals 5 grams of table salt) per day; then you should get 6 grams of potassium."

So, how do you know if you're getting enough potassium?  If you devise a low-salt diet, it's virtually impossible for it not to be high in potassium.  Dr. Webb stated "And it's hard to avoid potassium if you eat plenty of natural foods".  Fish, fresh fruits, and potatoes have plenty of it.  However, to calculate the ratios, you might need to consult the tables of nutrition reference book.

(5) You to need to make the calcium connection.

Rosanna Lyle, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of health promotion and education at Purdue University stated that "Calcium seems to have a favorable effect on some people" Dr. Laura Resnick, M.D., assistant professor at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center in New York City stated "So salt is bad for you, calcium's good for you".  She continued in saying that "It seems that salt-sensitive hypertensives, who may be about half of the people with high blood pressure, are the same ones who respond well to calcium."

(6) Controlling high blood pressure through avoiding isometrics

"Exercise, as part of a program to reduce hypertension, appears to add to the treatment."  Says David Spodick, M.D., director of clinical cardiology at St. Vincent's Hospital at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  But he also added that isometric exercises such as weightlifting should be avoided because of the temporary increase in high blood pressure when doing such exercises.

(7) Continue the aerobics exercises

There have been numerous studies indicating that aerobics exercise has beneficial effects in controlling high blood pressure.  However, most medical experts recommend that if you are hypertensive you should proceed with caution. Dr. Robert Cade, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine stated that "We usually start people with walking a quarter of a mile briskly."  He then commented that "Then we go up from there until a person can walk a mile briskly.  After that we initiate running-but only after physical exam and possibly a stress electrocardiogram."

Exercise is believed to work because it forces the blood vessels to open up (vasodilate) which then makes the blood pressure go down.  Dr. Cade stated “Even though it tends to go back up during exercise, it drops when exercise ends.  Then when it goes back up, it doesn't go up as much."

Walking, biking and swimming are all good exercises for reducing high blood pressure.  "You don't have to run," notes Dr. Cade.  "You do about the same amount of work when you walk, it just takes longer to do it.  The key thing is that it should be a brisk walk-a quarter mile in four minutes when you start, then later a full mile in about 15 minutes or less."

Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure 1-3

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