Lowering your blood pressure during menopause
High blood pressure is one of the most common health concerns affecting more than 100 million Americans and less than half have their condition under control. Unfortunately, about 20% of Americans don't even know that they have high blood pressure and that it can lead to other serious illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and heart failure.
According to some doctors, hormonal changes during the period leading up to menopause and after menopause can cause weight gain which can increase blood pressure. The truth is that weight gain especial around the mid-section is one of the top symptoms that affect many menopausal women so it is no surprise that many also experience rise in their blood pressure.
With that said, a blood pressure diagnosis is not a death sentence, and you have the power to counter those factors that could be causing a rise in your blood pressure. Here are a few things that you can do to control your high blood pressure:
Diet plays a key role in balancing your blood pressure. Incorporating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean protein that are high in potassium (swiss chard, avocado, spinach, lima beans, sardines, beets, bananas, etc.); omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, cod liver oil, walnut, mackerel, chia seeds, flaxseeds, etc.); magnesium (cooked spinach, wheat bran, almonds, avocado, quinoa, etc.). You can also check out the top 13 foods that lower blood pressure.
Adding supplements such as fish oil (EPA & DHA), magnesium, co-enzymes, garlic
Avoiding excess sodium, opt for sea salt instead of iodized salt
Let processed foods go, they contributes more inflammation in the arteries which raises blood pressure.
Daily exercise, I cannot stress this enough, the importance of daily movement as it does so much to improve your overall health.
Using essential oils, adopting a daily essential oils ritual, can significantly support lowering your blood pressure. When your pressure is high, the blood vessels are constricted and essential oils get into the bloodstream and dilate the arteries and veins allowing for better blood flow. Essential oils help to improve blood circulation, balance emotions, calm anxious feelings, contains anti-inflammatory properties, improves mental health and hormone balance, A good regime would be to apply to pulse point daily before bed.
The top essential oils to support lowering blood pressure are:
In Good Health,
This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to be medical advise. Always contact your medical provider before making any dietary changes.