Millions of people live with high blood pressure. Having an elevated blood pressure not only makes you feel bad, but it can have life threatening repercussions. A normal blood pressure runs 120/80 and can vary a little on either end for some people, but if it starts running too high on a regular basis, blood pressure medications may be necessary to help control it. There is a wide variety of reasons why blood pressure may become elevated, and sometimes it can spike high suddenly without warning. When it does, it is important to try to get it lowered as soon as possible. Keep your blood pressure in check with an Omron blood pressure monitor.
Risks of high blood pressure
If your blood pressure runs high, or spikes suddenly, not getting it under control can cause severe medical problems, permanent damage to organs or even death. Some of the most serious risks of high blood pressure include:
- Heart attack
- Poor circulation
- Damage to the heart or heart muscle
Lower blood pressure quick
When your blood pressure is up or suddenly spikes and you need to lower it quickly, there are some things you can do, outside of taking your blood pressure medicine, to help lower it quickly.
1. Deep breathe
When you take deep breaths, the body slows down naturally and can replenish your blood with more oxygen. Deep breathing has been shown to help lower your blood pressure quickly. First, take in one deep breath to allow more oxygen fill your blood with oxygen. Next, slowly take in ten deep breaths in one minute. This allows your vessels to dilate so that your blood flows more efficiently to the brain and the rest of your body and normalize your blood pressure.
2. Baking soda
Yes, baking soda can help bring your blood pressure down because it is a natural way to spike the pH in your body and make it more alkaline. For a quick, high BP remedy, mix 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda into a full glass of water, then add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and drink it on an empty stomach. You should repeat this concoction twice daily as a regular routine to help regulate your BP. It is safe, so long as you prepare it the way it is recommended and is one way to immediately lower blood pressure.
3. Brisk walk
Opening up those constricted vessels to get better flow to the heart, brain and the rest of your body is critical when your blood pressure elevates. When it does spike, you want to get it lowered as soon as possible, and getting a little active can help dilate the vessels to lower your pressure. Keep in mind that if your pressure is very high, you do not want to overexert yourself, but a gentle activity, such as a brisk walk for ten-30 minutes will help dilate vessels, smooth out the walls of the vessels and allow more blood to flow through, which ultimately brings your pressure down. So take a little brisk walk to lower your pressure quickly.
4. Listen to music
When your pressure is up it makes you feel stress and tense and your blood vessels can constrict even more. Getting your blood vessels to relax to encourage better blood flow, is important. One way to help relax constricted blood vessels, is to relax yourself. It has been prove that listening to music can help you relax, breathe deeper and lower your pressure. Next time your BP starts to rise, try lying down with some music softly playing to help lower your pressure immediately.