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Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

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While many doctors will prescribe medication to help patients suffering from high blood pressure (and those medications can be very effective), they tend to come with side effects. So in pursuit of avoiding less-than-pleasant side effects, many people have found success in natural remedies. And we’re not talking about natural remedies based on anecdotal evidence, like drinking funky tea or getting into meditation — we’re talking about simple changes to your lifestyle and diet.

Interestingly, high blood pressure typically shows no signs or symptoms, earning it the not-so-cheerful nickname of the “silent killer.” But if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, there’s no reason to panic just yet. Read on for everything you need to know about high blood pressure and how to naturally manage the condition, which affects about 75 million adults in the U.S. — that’s around 1 in 3 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What Is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the blood pressure in your arteries (the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls) is higher than it should be, according to the American Heart Association. As mentioned above, high blood pressure does not usually show any clear-cut symptoms, but it can lead to a heart attack (the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.), stroke (No. 3), type 2 diabetes (No. 7), kidney failure, and aneurysms.