High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure is frequently higher than normal. Blood pressure is a vital part of the heart and circulatory systems and it naturally rises and falls depending on what you’re doing. Long-term high blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease, and if it’s persistently high, it needs to be controlled. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to many health issues like heart attack and stroke, and it can also affect your kidneys.
Though the exact causes of high blood pressure are still relatively unknown there are many factors that can influence your blood pressure, such as family history, eating habits, too much alcohol, weight gain and lack of exercise.
If you are at risk of high blood pressure, there are many lifestyle changes you can do to reduce it. Here are some that you can try at home.
Lemons are a true superfood. One of the most widely used citrus fruits, lemons are the smallest in the citrus family but contain more health benefits than other, larger citrus fruits like oranges, pomelo and grapefruit. Believed to have originated in the Himalayans, they have since spread across the world. Lemon trees flourish in warm, tropical climates and when fully-grown, they bloom fragrant white flowers.
The health benefits are seemingly endless, and include treatment of sore throat, indigestion, constipation, dental issues, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. They can also help strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach and purify the blood. Lemons are low in calories and contain zero saturated fats and cholesterol. They contain large amounts of essential nutrients like vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, protein and more.
Lemons are a very low-GI fruit and contain high amounts of soluble fiber, which can help you maintain a healthy heart by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure and inflammation. Research published by Johns Hopkins University suggests large doses of vitamin C may be linked to modest lowering of blood pressure and as lemons contain roughly 88% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, they’re an extremely beneficial addition to your diet.
Adding lemon to your daily diet is simple. Juicing one lemon every morning and drinking with warm water is a well-known treatment for kidney stones, and can lower risk of stroke. You can use lemon juice as a salad dressing or a marinade for meat, and the lemon zest is a wonderful garnish on top of many meals.