The ONE organ responsible for high blood pressure.
Weight Loss, Hypertension, and Alternative Therapies
According to the national guidelines and recent research, losing weight can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure -- and potentially eliminate high blood pressure. For every 20 pounds you lose, you can drop systolic pressure 5-20 points.
MeditationBest known as a practice for calm and clarity, meditation helps tame one of the biggest things that can sabotage your blood pressure control and your weight loss efforts: stress. Stress is notorious for undermining eating habits. Many people's best diet intentions fall apart when they're stressed. That’s because recurrent or chronic stress leads to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which drives appetite and the motivation to eat.
Mindfulness and Mindful EatingA close cousin to meditation practice, mindfulness means being aware of what you're feeling, both emotionally and physically. One study found that mindful eating could help reduce binge eating, heart rate, blood pressure, and stress-related inflammation.
If you're overweight, losing even just 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) can lower your blood pressure. The more weight lost, the more blood pressure can drop. As you lose weight, it may be possible to reduce your dose of blood pressure medication — or stop taking blood pressure medication completely.