Decrease sodium intake and take blood pressure-lowering drugs — these are some of the most common solutions to keeping the blood pressure within the normal range. But then there are also a few strange ways to lower your blood pressure, according to science. Here are a few that you may try:
Get Some Sun
We all know that sun exposure makes the complexion have a healthy glow. Plus, it’s no secret that the sun is a wonderful source of vitamin D. But did you know that getting some sun can also help keep high blood pressure at bay? Studies show that sunlight helps synthesize nitric oxide, a type of gas that causes the relaxation of the blood vessels.
Drink Some Beet Juice
Speaking of nitric oxide, there is a particular vegetable that is known to be rich in it: beet! What’s more, the striking crimson color of beet is a clear sign that it is loaded with antioxidants that fight off oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which can cause the blood pressure to soar.
Go Wild for Wild Blueberries
Another phenomenal sources of those oxidative stress- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants are wild blueberries, say nutrition experts. So go ahead and snack on them, or use them as toppings for your oatmeal, yogurt and baked treats. Worry not if you can’t find fresh wild blue berries as frozen ones are just as good.
Have a Pet
If you have always wanted a pet and your doctor just told you that your blood pressure could use some reduction, now is the perfect time to welcome Max or Coco into your life. Experts say that spending some time with a pet can help in reducing stress levels as well as blood pressure.
Opt to Volunteer
There are a bunch of reasons why doing volunteer works is good for the blood pressure. First, it allows you to make social connections, which is something that can reduce stress. Second, many of them allows you to be physically active — definitely good for the heart. Lastly, it lets you see that your own life isn’t that bad at all.