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    9 Home Remedies That Treat Hypertension

If you're above the age of 35, chances are good you may have already been warned about the dangers of hypertension, or high blood pressure. Hypertension is a condition that occures when the force of the blood on the arteries' walls is strong, which eventually creates health problems, especially those connected to heart disease.
Blood pressure
Our blood pressure is mainly dependant on our blood vessels. When they narrow, the blood pressure will be high (just like a garden hose being squeezed sends water more strongly). The normal blood pressure should be 120/80. 

Symptoms of hypertension

Unfortunately, many people won't show signs of hypertension, and it will only become evident when they either go through a test or have a health related problem. 

Common symptoms include: Mild headaches, Dizziness, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and vision problems.

Common causes of high blood pressure

- Kidney problems
- Age
- Obesity
- Stress
- Lack of exercise
- Use of certain drugs (cocaine for example, alcohol for another)
- certain medication (cold remedies, birth control pills, pain relievers etc.)
- sleep apnea

However, there are a great many cases of hypertension with unknown underlying reasons, perhaps genetic, and they can be controlled effecitvely with certain home remedies and lifestyle changes.
Home Remedies that will lower your blood pressure:
1. Lemon Water 
Lemon softens your blood vessels, and this will lower your blood pressure. In addition, the vitamin B will help keep your heart healthy.

Add 2 tablespoon of lemon juice to a glass of hot water, drink it on an empty stomach. Try to drink 5-6 glasses of fresh lemon water every day. It would be best to drink lemon juice without any sugar or salt, you can always add a little honey if the taste is a bit too bitter.
lemon water

2. Ginger Juice with Cumin

Mix a teaspoon of cumin powder with a honey and ginger juice mixture to create blood pressure remedy. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger juice to a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of cumin powder. Mix well. Consume this twice a day to lower your blood pressure.
3. Garlic

Garlic is a very common home remedy that reduces the cholesterol levels in our body, which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure. Garlic contains hydrogen sulfide, a compound that is essential to good blood flow.

To effectively lower your blood pressure, eat 5-6 pods of fresh garlic every day, on an empty stomach. You can also extract the juice of the garlic by crushing about 10 pods of it. Add 5-6 drops of garlic juice to four teaspoons of water and drink twice a day.

4. Watermelon seeds

Watermelon seeds contain a substance called cucurbocitrin. This material help widen the blood capillaries in your body and take down the hypertension levels. It also helps to fight off arthritis and kidney diseases.

Start by taking two tablespoons of dried seeds and crushing them gently. These add to a cup of boiling water. Leave it in the cup for about an hour and slightly stir it so it mixes with the water all the way. Strain it and drink 4 tablespoons of this water every hour of the day for quick results. 
watermelon seeds

5. Curry Leaves

Curry leaves contain many medicinal properties and were found to be effective in treating high blood pressure.

Boil 25-30 leaves in a cup of water. Let it simmer down to room temperature and strain away the leaves. Drink this concotion early in the morning on an empty stomach.

6. Celery Leaves

A substance called 3-N-butylphthalide (try saying that 3 times fast) is found in high amounts in celery leaves and is a compound that can really help drasitaclly lower your blood pressure, as well as reducing the stress hormones that are causing the blood vessels to constrict in the first place.

Add one or more stalks of celery (or celery leaves) and make a daily vegetable salad that will help you really reduce that blood pressure. When consuming the celery, also add a glass of water for better results.

7. Onion Juice

A recent study has found that giving people suffering from hypertension reduced their condition considerably, compared to a placebo group. Researchers think a compound named quercetin may be responsible for this.

Try to eat at least one raw onion a day. Extract the juice of the onion and add a teaspoon of it to a teaspoon of honey. Drink this twice a day, every day to lower your blood pressure.
femigreek seeds
8. Fenugreek Seeds

Make a paste out of fenugreek seeds that is said to be very useful in the battle against high blood pressure.

Take 1-2 teaspoons of seeds and boil them in water for about 3-4 minutes. Straing the seeds and crush them (or use a blender) to make a smooth paste. Consume this amount every day twice: morning and evening, and always on an empty stomach. Your hypertension should begin to lower in 2-3 months time.
Note: Please check with your doctor regarding the regular use of Fenugreek seeds, as an overuse of the substance may cause problems with circulation and heart rhythm.

9. Bananas

Bananas have zero cholesterol and are low on sodium. Try to eat at least 2 of them a day or add them to your meals. Other foods that are good for high blood pressure: Orange juice, spinach, baked sweet potatoes and raisins.



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Aging gracefully comes easier to some, while not so easy to others. Sometimes it's a factor of just having good genes, but often they are the decisions we make during our lifetime that determine how fast we'll appear to age. You may not realize it, but most people commit mistakes every single day that make them age faster than they should, harming their skin and quickening the appearance of old age.  Here 11 mistakes we all make that age us.           
1. You try to do too many things at once (Multitasking)

If your to-do list is longer than your arm and you are dealing with the stress of juggling many projects or tasks at once, you're doing yourself a disservice, says Raymond Casciari, Chief Medical Officer at St. Joseph Hospital. Several studies have shown that day-to-day stress triggers the release of free radicals in the body, which damage cells and quicken the ageing process. The good doctor suggests focusing on one task at a time.

2. You rarely pass on dessert.

Other than being an obviously unhealthy habit, having a sweet tooth may be adding years to your face, as sugar molecules attach themselves to protein fibers in our cells, a process known as glycation. This can lead to an ashen look, dark circles around the eyes, a loss of facial contours, wrinkles, puffiness and bigger pores. So if you want to hold on to that youthful glow, don't over-do the sugar.

3. You get less than 5-6 hours of sleep a night.

Not getting enough sleep doesn't only give you black bags under your eyes, but has been linked, through several studies, to a shorter life span. According to Dr. Casciari, the founder of a sleep lab at St. Joseph Hospital, getting about 7 hours of sleep is optimal. So if you find yourself nodding off, low on energy or finding it hard to focus, you're probably not sleeping enough, and it may age you faster than you'd like.

4. You spend most of your day sitting.

Sitting and leading a sedentary lifestyle are some of the worst problems for aging people in the modern world. Most people do very little physical activity, and the result is an increased risk of kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and of course obesity.

Studies show that people who exercised 150 minutes a week or more lived 10-13 years longer on average.

5. You don't use any eye creams.

The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, and that is why it usually starts showing signs of aging sooner. Keeping the eye area moisturised can take years off your face. The best creams contain Retin A, which is a form of vitamin A. But you can also add antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.

6. You only use sunscreen when on vacation.

If you only use sunblock at the beach, you may actually be doing more harm to your skin while running errands and driving than a whole day spent on that beach. Skin damage accumulates, and the sun's rays are the #1 reason for ageing skin. Dr Taylor, associate professor of dermatology, recommends that you use an SPF between 30-50 for daily protection.

7. You wear too much makeup.

This is not a judgement, just a fact. Many make-up products are oil based, and can clog your pores and cause outbreaks. Overusing skin products with fragrances, alcohol agents and chemicals that irritate, may cause premature lines and wrinkles.

8. You sleep with your face against the pillow.

Sleeping on your stomach of side with your face mashed into the pillow may create wrinkles and make your aging process look like it's going faster. Our facial skin gets less flexible with time, and so as we lay on the pillow night after night, our skin may not spring back and smooth the lines you had, and so the pillow can leave permanent marks on our face. So sleep on your back or invest in a satin pillowcase that'll keep your skin smooth.

9. You keep your house very warm.

When you turn up the thermostat or light a fireplace because it's cold, it's tempting to making it hot and toasty inside. But the problem is that the thermostat, and also the fireplace, suck moisture out of the air in the house, which leads to dry skin. If this goes on, as indeed in cold climates it may, it will lead to damaged skin with ageing effects. 

So invest in a humidifier, and set to 40-60% humidity. This will free your skin from the itching, scratching and even flaking that comes with dry air. 

Another way to go is placing a wet towel over a radiator or a bowl of cold water in the room.

10. You purse your lips 

Drinking your beverages through a straw can help you avoid staining your teeth, but just like squinting can give you wrinkles around the eyes, so can pursing your lips give you wrinkles around the mouth.  

By the way, this also often happens when you smoke a cigarette.

11. You've stopped eating fat altogether.

Some amounts of fat are required to maintaining a youthful appearance and feeling, according to Franci Cohen,  nutritionist and exercise physiologist from Brooklyn, NY. Heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which you can find in oily fish such as mackerel or salmon, as well as nuts like walnuts and flax seeds, will keep your skin plump and supple. This will prevent wrinkles, while also boosting the health of both your brain and heart


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