Blood Pressure

Learn to Control Blood Pressure the Right Way – Simple to Follow Tips

Water is a basic essential element to survive on earth. We have all been endorsed by people about the benefits of drinking water. Drinking water increases energy, boost immune system, maintains regularity and has many more advantages. More importantly it keeps us healthy and fit. Many a times we come across this saying, “too much of anything is good for nothing”. Too much of water consumption might endanger us into a life threatening issue. This looks sceptical but it is a serious problem faced by many people according to the researchers. The term aquaholism means addicted to drinking water. People addicted to water are called ‘aquaholics’.

Is drinking too much water bad for health?

Now this question keeps probing our mind. Yes, drinking excessive water leads to serious health problems says the health officials, dietitians and fitness experts. According to WHO (World Health Organization) it is advisable for a human to consume 1.5 to 2 litres of water in a day. There are many factors which influences us to drink more amount of water like exercise, environment, illness & pregnancy. We feel extremely thirsty especially after walking, running or heavy workouts. The climatic condition also has an impact on the amount of water we intake. We tend to drink more water during summer seasons because we easily get tired and drained in hot sun. There are people who has a habit of continuously drinking water without reason. They might consume more than 8 litres without consciousness which causes bodily disturbances. Such disorders are termed as ‘polydipsia’. There are 2 main symptoms of Aquaholism,


About 1.5 million people every year, lose their life because of hypertension or high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the condition, in which the blood force pushes against the blood vessel walls. At this condition, the heart starts pumping blood into arteries that carry blood throughout the body.

High blood pressure is a dangerous situation, as it makes your heart work harder. Since it makes the heart pump blood forcefully out to the body, it leads to hardening of arteries, kidney disease, vision loss, metabolic syndrome, stroke and finally heart failure.

It is very important for people with high blood pressure symptoms to immediately consult the doctor for relevant treatment.

What is your normal Blood pressure?

 The value of normal blood pressure is 120 over 80. Blood pressure is categorized into:

Systolic Blood Pressure: In which the top number average, 140mmHG or greater. This condition refers to the pressure of blood in the vessels, when heart contracts.

Diastolic Blood pressure: In which the bottom number average, 90mmHG or greater. This condition refers to pressure of blood between heartbeats, when heart is at rest.

The main causes of high blood pressure:

 Although there are several factors suspected to cause high blood pressure, the exact cause is still not known. Here are some factors that can cause high blood pressure:

  • Obese / overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking / alcohol consumption
  • Stress level at work / family
  • Diet with excess salt content
  • Aging factors
  • Genetics
  • Chronic kidney diseases
  • Sleep apnea
  • Thyroid disorders and others

Lowering your Blood Pressure – Right Diet to Follow:

Bringing some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle is very important to manage blood pressure. Here follows a few tips to help you follow better diet for high blood pressure:

  • Avoid too much of salt / sodium, as it may retain fluid in the body and increase blood pressure
  • Take more potassium, as it helps to balance sodium level in the cells
  • Limit alcohol consumption, as it may increase blood pressure
  • Take food rich in minerals, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics and nutrients
  • Take food low in fat, cholesterol
  • Try to include whole grains, nuts, low fat dairy products to your diet
  • Take more fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Avoid meat, particularly red meat, whereas you can take fish
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners / sugar / sugar containing drinks

Treating High Blood Pressure:

There are many high blood pressure treatments available, including herbs and home remedies. Soon you realize the hypertension symptoms; you can try an immediate home remedy, which is handy to react instantly. To point a few simple and natural remedies for high blood pressure:

  • Basil leaves extract / or add fresh basil to your daily diet
  • Cinnamon helps lowering blood pressure in diabetic patients
  • Cardamom, flaxseed, garlic and ginger react better to get quick remedy
  • Celery seeds, French lavender, claw are some of the options you can try at home

Besides these natural remedies, you are also recommended to exercise and engage in regular physical activities to maintain your blood pressure. Try to practice yoga and meditation, which can relax your mind and keep you tension free.