How can I manage my high blood pressure without medication?

United States
May 28, 2007 12:25pm CST
What are some things I can do to lower my blood pressure? I've been cutting sodium everywhere possible. I'd like to know what else I can do, because I'm only 23 and dont want to be on medication for the rest of my life.
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@wolves69 (756)
• United States
29 May 07
About a year ago, I went in for a dental exam. Before the checkup, they check bp. Well, it was so high, they almost called the ER to admit me. The bp was 210/90. Very much in the stroke zone. Well, the next day I was seen by a doctor and put me on medication. I took it for about a month as a precaution, but slowly weened myself off it. Now, I'm at 140/70 which is "my" normal. I talked to the Doc about this, and they really don't like that I weened myself off without their approval. But, they were impressed at what I was doing... 1. Loose extra weight...as few as 10 pounds makes a huge difference 2. Forget about caffeine...as the other writer mentioned its a heart stimulant 3. Lower you LDL, and raise your HDL (chloresterol). Eating balanced diets overloading on fruits and veggies. Can't go wrong with color (reds, greens, yellows, orange, etc). 4. Drink lots of water. This regulates so much in your body.... 5. Watch the salt intake especially in processed foods. 6. Exercise. 30-50 min a day for 4x a week to raise your heart rate. All of the above are common sense things the doctors will recommend and few would disagree. What I did add was the following: 1. One multivitamin a day. Since I went on a diet, I wanted to make sure I had all the nutrients 2. Taking Fish Oil supplements. This helps with the chloresterol and helps other bodily functions (memory and joints) 3. Take time to relax and try not to worry so much.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
28 May 07
You can also cut out the caffeine. It is a heart stimulant. When I first went to the heart doctor for a check up on my blood pressure, salt and caffeine were the 2 things to get rid of.
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@Artsimba (1335)
• United States
28 May 07
I never had high blood pressure until about one and a half years ago when my doctor gave me a prescription for Atenolol because it was just a little on the high side and also I'm over 50. Now my doctor told me that since I really don't want to take them if I lost weight and my blood pressure was stable I could stop taking them. That's good news for me, if only I could lose weight. But that's my problem, back to your problem, my point is you may not have to take medication for the rest of your life if you have a healthy lifestyle like exercising and eating right, but check with your doctor only he/she would know for certain. Good luck.
• Kottayam, India
28 May 07
When I suffered BP for the first time, my doctor advised me not to take any medication, provided you avoid salt, and walk at least 5Km per day.Now I taking Atenol 50 mg per day and once you started to take medicine you cannot stop.Also eat ASA tablets one per week.
28 May 07
Im in a simular boat to you, im 16 and have high BP, what the docs told me to d is cut out all salt and fat in my diet and to exersise lots
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• United States
31 May 07
My husband took lisionopril for two years and he is only 26 years old now. He did not want to take medication for the rest of his life so we got a blood pressure monitor so we could check it a few times a day to see what natural remedies worked the best. Two days after stopping his medication his blood pressure went up again so we decided to try dark chocolate. It is awesome. He eats one mini dark chocolate bar in the morning when he wakes up and his blood pressure stays down all day. I am completely surprised because I didn't think anything would work. If I were you I would try this because it worked for us. Just make sure to keep track of your blood pressure to see if it is working. I have also read that celery and pears work really well. The chocolate actually works better than his medication did.
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@wolves69 (756)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Wow. The Dr put me on lisionopril also. I never heard of the dark chocolate thing, but what ever combination i tried seemed to be working. Since I like dark chocolate, I guess I have an excuse to eat a bar in the morning...LOL What size bar was it and how high was the BP?
• United States
5 Jun 07
I think it was around 140/92 and now it is 120/72 but I need to check his book later to be sure. He eats one mini Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bar. Just one of those little bitty chocolate bars. I hope it works for you because it has helped my husband so much.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
24 Oct 10
Well for hypertension or BP, medicines are not solution. Do Meditation, try breathing exercise, it will help you balance and handle hypertension.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
31 May 10
There are other remedies of high blood pressure other than the over the counter medicines that we normally used. I am talking about the herbal medicine which is not expensive and does not gives us any side effects. The doctors say that if you take up medicines per day after many years it will affect your liver. I think all medicines were harmful to our health in the long run. We just have to be creative and research more about herbal medicines and grow it in our own backyard. You also have to exercise everyday and avoid unhealthy diet.
@sajuman (1855)
• India
20 Nov 07
Some tips which i know... It is important to take steps to keep your blood pressure under control. The treatment goal is blood pressure below 140/90 and lower for people with other conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is an effective first step in both preventing and controlling high blood pressure. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in keeping your pressure controlled, it may be necessary to add blood pressure medications.