Our guest author today believes that high blood pressure can be naturally treated and offers suggestions for doing so. It’s easy to test the effectiveness of anyblood pressure remedy – whether natural or chemical – with a blood pressure monitor. This is extremely cool because we don’t have to ‘believe’ anything. Instead, we can receive objective test results.
High blood pressure is more than an epidemic; it’s become a ‘normal’ way of life for millions of adults. The Center for Science in the Public Interest estimates that over 65 million American adults have high blood pressure, 45 million U.S. adults have ‘prehypertension’ (blood pressure that is above normal but not yet considered hypertension), and over 90 million U.S. adults will be faced with high blood pressure over the next decade. These are remarkable numbers, and considering the fact that most high blood pressure issues are completely preventable with all-natural arginine supplements, proper diet and exercise, and kicking bad habits, it’s a sad state of affairs that in 2000 the U.S. spent over $30 billion on prescription medication to lower blood pressure!
How Much Do We Spend on High Blood Pressure in the U.S?
As mentioned above, in the U.S. we spent over $30 billion on blood pressure medications in the year 2000. In 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs last year, and cholesterol lowering as well as blood pressure lowering drugs were in the top 5 most prescribed medications.
In 2010 as well as 2011, statins and cholesterol-lowering prescription medications were the second most popular drug in the U.S. behind hydrocodone. Blood pressure medication was the third most popular drug.
How Can I Lower Blood Pressure Without Breaking the Bank?
The most disturbing aspect to this information is that high blood pressure is preventable with a healthy lifestyle. According to a Fox News recent report, the number of blood pressure prescriptions filled every year tops 144 million! At $30 to $200 a month on prescription blood pressure medication, that can definitely put a hole in your budget.
Lowering your blood pressure does not have to include expensive, unnatural substances that only trick your mind and body into thinking the problem has been solved. Many prescription medications modify the way our brain’s work, our chemistry, our hormones, mentality, and often come with many side effects. Not to mention that American spent over $7.2 billion on Lipitor and $3.8 billion on Crestor last year alone.
Follow these healthy living alternatives to blood pressure medication:
Supplements, Natural Therapies – L-arginine supplements have been clinically proven to help lower blood pressure. As a precursor to Nitric Oxide, L-arginine facilitates healthy blood flow by widening the arteries, increasing vasodilation to allow oxygen and nutrients to reach all areas of the body without contriction. This not only lowers your blood pressure, but it can also help to improve your overall cholesterol levels and give you the energy to get active.
Get Active – Exercise is a key element in maintaining low blood pressure. As you exercise, your heart rate speeds up and delivers more blood to the cells within your body. This healthy delivery of oxygen and nutrients improves overall well-being.
Eat Right – Maintaining a healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and high in omega-3 fatty acids will naturally keep your blood pressure low.
Breaking Bad Habits – This is one of the most difficult elements of a healthy lifestyle. If you smoke, quit. If you over-indulge in drinking, slow down. If you run out of time to make a healthy dinner every week and run to the local fast food chain, stop! If you spend your Sunday’s in complete gluttony watching football, get up and moving. A healthy heart and low blood pressure requires a deep commitment to improving your lifestyle.
The best part about getting healthy to lower your blood pressure is that it’s far more affordable than paying for prescription blood pressure medication. Eating healthy will save you over going to the local fast food chain. A gym membership is far cheaper than monthly medical bills. It’s easy to become a statistic, so become committed to your heart health and well being.