Unhealthy habits like binge eating, drinking, or smoking have a devastating effect on our health and especially on our hearts. High blood pressure is the number one enemy and we must fight it now!
According to the CDC, high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. About 75 million American adults (32%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults! But did you know that you can you lower blood pressure without medication in just a couple of minutes?
Why is high blood pressure called “the silent killer”?
Currently, there’s an epidemic of high blood pressure. According to a new report by Grand View Research, the blood pressure monitoring devices market will reach USD 2.0 billion by 2022. High blood pressure interacts with other major risk factors such as diabetes and high levels of cholesterol to amplify the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Even more concerning is that high blood pressure has no visible symptoms until after it has done significant damage to the heart and arteries.
Therefore, is it absolutely necessary to take action before things get worse:
- Don’t ignore your blood pressure
- Blood pressure at all ages should be kept below 140/90.
- Treatment for hypertension must begin early to prevent organ damage, whatever be your age.
- In persons with diabetes, blood pressure should be kept below 130/85, and in those with kidney failure and heart failure, at the lowest level possible.
How a simple breathing technique can instantly lower your blood pressure
You can try this simple and powerful technique from the comfort of your home. If you want to quickly lower your blood pressure without any expensive medication and with immediate effects, here’s what you have to do for at least 5 minutes:
- Sit in a comfortable chair with armrests and relax your body.
- Place one hand on your chest or abdomen.
- Breathe in, breathe out and watch your hand rise and fall with each breath.
That’s it. Your blood pressure will drop naturally and you will feel more relaxed and positive. For long-lasting effects, try to make this a weekly habit. A couple of minutes of practice every morning, and your high blood pressure will significantly drop in no time!
This quick trick works incredibly well because slow breathing decreases stress hormones such as renin, an enzyme produced by the kidneys. Yoga and meditative practices can help lower blood pressure as well.
PS: For added effect, listen to your favorite music while you do this breathing technique. A recent study published in the journal Netherland Heart Journal found musicians had significantly lower blood pressure than non-musicians.