If you want to get your high blood pressure in control you have to decide which route you are willing to take. Control your blood pressure through medication, or make the changes in your lifestyle that will bring it back to normal naturally. Depending on your doctor's orientation, he will make a recommendation that you do one of the two.
If you have hypertension you no doubt will be prescribed drugs. If however, you are pre-hypertensive (121/81 to 139/99) then you have an opportunity to make the commitment to control your condition with changes in diet, exercise and stress management.
The principal advantage of high blood pressure drugs is that they are convenient. Pop a pill once or twice a day and that's all there is to managing your condition. Of course pills come with a pretty nasty downside. Side effects from blood pressure meds can range from annoying to lethal. Diuretics, Beta Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, and Calcium Channel Blockers each target a specific function. None is a cure all and usually the patient winds up taking a combination of drugs. This means a combination of side effects.
Once you are on medication you are on it for life. The same holds true with a natural approach. The difference is, with a natural approach there are no bad side effects. In fact the side effects that you may experience are all positive. More energy, weight loss, toned muscle and better skin are common results on persons who manage their blood pressure naturally.
So what is this natural remedy?
First it's important to understand that virtually all primary hypertension is preventable and reversible using changes in lifestyle. The natural approach focuses on three areas; diet, exercise and stress management. Tweaks in these parts of your life can have a dramatic impact on your blood pressure. In fact, the people who will have the fastest reduction in blood pressure will be those who are in the worse shape and eat the unhealthiest food.
We're not talking massive overnight changes in how you live with the possible exception of exercise. If you don't exercise daily currently, you have to commit to make that change. Thirty minutes of walking, cycling or swimming each day provides immediate reduction in blood pressure and sets your body up to cure itself.
Diet revolves around getting more fresh food and less processed food into your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals that you are currently lacking and also provide powerful antioxidants and vasodilators that can actually repair the damage done to the blood vessels. Again, you can let this diet "evolve" rather than having to jump into it all right away.
Sleep and exercise are the two fastest ways of dealing with stress and the damage it does to your blood vessels. You need to quit burning the candle at both ends and get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
High blood pressure and hypertension kills 50,000 Americans each year. This is too dangerous a disease to ignore. If you are on meds now don't just quit.
If you want to control your blood pressure naturally, come up with a plan on how to replace the drugs with a cure based on lifestyle. Once you have a realistic plan, take it to your doctor and ask him why you should continue on meds. If you've done your homework the MD will agree or at least lower the dosage of meds that you are on.