13 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Simple Exercises Will Make a Huge Difference


High blood pressure is one of the most preventable conditions.

But it plays a contributing role in more than 15% of deaths in the United States, according to a new Harvard study. Although it causes no symptoms, high blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure. 28% of Americans have high blood pressure and don’t know it, according to the American Heart Association. If you haven’t had yours checked in 2 years, see a doctor.

While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally without medication. First, get to a healthy weight (check out these 100 Simple Ways To Lose Weight for ideas). Then try these strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • 1. Go for power walks
  • 2. Breathe deeply
  • 3. Pick potatoes
  • 4. Be salt smart
  • 5. Indulge in dark chocolate
  • 6. Take a supplement
  • 7. Drink (a little) alcohol
  • 8. Switch to decaf coffee
  • 9. Take up tea
  • 10. Work (a bit) less
  • 11. Relax with music
  • 12. Seek help for snoring
  • 13. Jump for soy
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