Category: Stress and Anxiety

Best 10 Homemade Remedies to control High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is one of the most common problems of the present times especially in industrialized countries. It increases the risk of many diseases of the cardiovascular system (hypertensive heart diseases), brain (cerebro-vascular strokes), kidneys (nephrosclerosis) and peripheral arteries. It is on the top list among the disorders which are causing morbidity and mortality.

Blood Pressure Readings:

Categories

Systolic (mmHg)

Diastolic (mmHg)
Normal Blood Pressure 120 80
Pre-Hypertension 120-139 80-89
Stage -1 140-159 90-99
Stage -2 160 or above 100 or above

In Ayurveda, it can be understood by assessing the involved doshas, srotasas etc. It can be best understood mainly as a pathological condition of the Rakta dhatu and Vyana vata. In association with these, Prana Vayu, Sadhaka Pitta and Avalmabaka Kapha are also involved in the manifestation of essential hypertension.

What are the causes of High Blood Pressure?

  • Stress and tension
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Excess consumption of salt in the diet
  • Wrong eating habits like consuming non-vegetarian diet.

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Best 10 Homemade Remedies for High Blood Pressure:

Lemon

  • Lemon juice is an ancient remedy for high blood pressure as it reduces the rigidity of the blood vessels. It also reduces fatty deposits in the coronary artery. It is a potent anti-oxidant which neutralises the free radicals in the body. It also prevents the inflammation and injuries to the blood vessels as inflammation of blood vessels is the major cause of atherosclerosis.

How to use

  • Take a cup of warm water and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add 1 tablespoon of honey into it. Mix well and drink this mixture twice a day.

Triphala Powder

  • Triphala Powder is a mixture of 3 wonderful herbs: Haritaki, Bahera and Amla mixed in equal proportion by weight. It is traditionally used for cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. If a patient has a problem of hardening of blood vessels, fatty deposits, then this remedy is effective in lowering blood pressure.

How to use

  • Take 3 grams triphala powder and 5 grams sugar and mix it in 250 ml of water. Heat this water and leave it overnight in a glass container.  Strain the liquid and discard the residues. Drink this water everyday on empty stomach.

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Bananas

  • The increased intake of potassium rich foods can help in preventing as well as curing hypertension. Banana is rich in potassium content. So, regular intake of bananas helps in lowering blood pressure. It also helps in reducing the impacts of sodium in the body.
  • The juice extracted from the inner banana stem can also be taken as it is traditionally used in India for high blood pressure. It is a great source of potassium as well as Vitamin B6.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar has anti-hypertensive action so it helps in reducing high blood pressure.

How to use

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water and drink this mixture before breakfast.

Watermelon Seeds

  • Watermelon seeds are a good source of cucurbocitrin, which prevents narrowing of blood vessels and help in dilating the blood vessels and also improve blood flow to the various parts of the body. Secondly, water melon seeds improve the urine output and improve kidney functions.

How to use

  • Take a ½ teaspoon of water melon seeds and crush them to make powder. Eat this powder twice a day.

Garlic:

  • Garlic is now considered as a safe alternative to hypersensitive drugs. It reduces the elevated systolic blood pressure but it does not reduce blood pressure in individual with normal blood pressure. It further helps the patients with elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It is good to maintain healthy blood pressure due to stress.

How to use

  • Take 2-3 garlic cloves and crush them to make juice. Take 6-10 drops of garlic juice in a cup of warm water, stir and drink this water twice a day.

Honey

  • Honey has an effect on elevated systolic blood pressure. It lowers the oxidative stress on the kidneys which help in lowering the elevated systolic blood pressure.

How to use

  • Take a cup of lukewarm water and add 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ tablespoon of ginger juice and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Drink this mixture empty stomach in the morning.

Buttermilk:

  • Buttermilk contains more phospholipids than milk. It is also a good source of bioactive molecules that exhibit modulating effects on immunity, metabolism and cell signalling. It also helps in lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure naturally. It also helps in pre-hypertensive and stage 1 of hypertension.
  • How to use
  • Drink a glass of buttermilk everyday with lunch.

Coconut Water

  • Coconut water has good qualities of potassium and magnesium. Therefore, it reduces the systolic pressure and also supports the functioning of cardiac muscles. Drink coconut water regularly once a day.

Vitamin-D

  • Vitamin D is naturally found in sunlight, fortified milk, dairy products etc. Intake of foods rich in Vitamin D helps in reducing the blood pressure. Blood pressure is often elevated when there is reduced exposure to sunlight.

Diet and lifestyle

  • Go full vegetarian: It is scientifically proven that vegetarian diet cuts of high blood pressure. Have more of vegetables, fruits, green tea, cardamom tea, tulsi tea, water melon, non-fat yogurt, pomegranate, bananas, almonds, drumstick, olive oil.
  • Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes daily is recommended. Moderate intensity exercises such as jogging, cycling or swimming can also be done.
  • It is also advised to release naturally manifested reflexes and urges by not forcibly controlling them like reflexes of hunger, thirst, sleep, defecation, urination etc.
  • Intake of excessive cold or hot, dry or oily, stale and preserved and packaged foods should be avoided.
  • Take less of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.
  • Fried food stuffs should be avoided.
  • Practice pranayama for 5 minutes daily.
  • Wake up before 6 A.M. in the morning and sleep at around 11 P.M.

Undergo oil massage at least once a week as it keeps stress and tensions at bay

Natural Ways to Boost Immunity with Ayurvedic Remedies

The immune system is the body’s defence against the infectious micro-organisms or foreign invaders. The immune cells play a major role to stop the entry of pathogenic bacteria and viruses into the body. These cells are lymphocytes or T-cells which directly fight invading molecules and B-cells which produce antibodies that destroy harmful molecules.

Causes of low immune levels

  • Genetics
  •  Stress
  •  Pollution
  •  Metabolic disorder
  • Virus
  • Poor diet

Symptoms of low immunity

  • You get tired easily
  • Fatigue
  • Dark circles start to appear
  • You can slip into depression and insomnia
  • You get more susceptible to catch cold and cough quickly, and other infections too

Natural Ways to Boost Immunity

Ayurveda is the oldest medicinal system in the world, which originated in the Vedic culture of India, gives the power to the body that prevents the development of diseases, is called immunity. If the immune system is strong, it destroys the causes of illness.

1. Keep the Immune System in balance by eating the right foods:

(A)Garlic:

  • Garlic is a natural immune booster. Garlic enhances immune system functions and has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activities.
  • Garlic has active ingredient allicin thathelps to fight infections. It has vitamins C and B6 that help to boost the immune system.
  • Eat 2 to 3 raw cloves of garlic on an empty stomach daily. Also, add crushed garlic to your dishes.

(B)Turmeric

  • Turmeric has antioxidants (like curcumin) that are important for immune system. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, makes the cells more resistant to infection.
  • Drink a glass of turmeric milk daily. Also, include turmeric in your cooking.

(C)Probiotics Yogurt

  • Eating probiotics yogurt every day is one of the best home remedies for low immunity. Probiotics yogurt contains billions of probiotics that help strengthen your immune system.
  • It supports the development of white blood cells and antibodies, which reduces infections.

(D). Lemon

  • Lemon contains vitamin C, which plays an important role in boosting your immunity. Lemon also helps in removing toxins from the body as well as helping maintaining your body weight.
  • Squeeze the juice from ½ lemon into a glass of lukewarm water.
  • Drink it on an empty stomach each morning.

(E). Green Tea

Regularly taking green tea is simple home remedy to boost immunity. The antioxidants in green tea protect the body from free-radical damage, which is essential to keep the immune system strong.

  • Steep a green tea bag in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bag, add honey and drink it.
  • Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily.

(F)Ginger

  • According to Ayurveda, ginger is a good remedy to boost immunity. Ginger helps to break down toxins which are accumulated in the body. Ginger also improves blood circulation. Include ginger into your diet is easy because it can be consumed in liquid, powder, dried and juice forms.

(G)Mulethi (root of liquorice

  • Mulethi contains anti-microbial agents that detect and attack unwanted bacteria and germs.
  • The uniqueness of Mulethi is its capacity to treat digestive and respiratory conditions or discomforts. Particularly Mulethi helps to reduce the severity of ulcers, acidity levels and other inflammatory discomforts.

(H)Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

  • Amla helps in body’s natural digestion process and also helps your body to absorb nutrients from the foods.
  • Amla can also strengthens and supports your liver function by excrete toxins from your body.

(I)Tulsi

  • The leaves of the Tulsi plant relieve coughs, sore throats, mouth infection, skin problems, headaches and boosts immunity.

2. Do Yoga and Meditation

  • Yoga is a natural immunity booster. According to study, yoga and meditation positively affects the immune response in the body.
  • Antibiotics and other medicines help to recover from the disease but do not improve the body immunity. Yoga and meditation is one of the most effective and natural immunity boosters.

3. Exercise Regularly According to Your Dosha

  • Exercise makes you feel healthier and more energetic. Physical activity make free of bacteria from lungs and air pipes.

4.Get Good Sleep

  • During deep sleep, the immune system releases proteins called cytokines. . A lack of sleep disturbs this process. It can cause diabetes, heart disease, depression, and other illnesses.

5. Limit the intake of Alcohol

  • Alcohol can damage white blood cells movability. Alcohol also combines with red blood cells caused red blood cells massed together which reduces the flow of oxygen to many vital organs.