3 easy ways to lower your blood pressure
So what can I do?
1. Get outside in nature!
Plants can help you. Phytoncides, specifically, are plant derived essences that help the plant fight disease and since we have evolved harmoniously with trees, they help us fight disease too. "Phytoncides are antibacterial, they reduce stress fifty-three percent and lower blood pressure five to seven percent." - Florence Williams
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Studies have shown that having a regular breath-work practice can help to lower your blood pressure. Developing a meditation or breath-work routine is a great way to keep focus on your breath. As you develop this practice you will be more equipped to call on these routines in times of stress or anxiety. This will help you to minimize the amounts of high blood pressure spikes throughout stressful climates.
3. Eat wholesome foods
Eating whole, plant based foods is one of our best defenses against hypertension and illness in general. Foods and habits that cause oxidative stress are meat, dairy, processed foods, certain oils, alcohol consumption, and environmental toxins such as smoke inhalation. When we provide our bodies with foods that are easy to digest and minimize the oxidative stress in our bodies, we are more equipped to handle the other stressors that happen in life. The best foods to combat oxidative stress and free radicals are non-synthetic antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables.
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