Let’s face it, life is incredibly stressful. Between long commuter traffic, rising debt and a world that seems out of its mind most of the time, stress has, sadly, become a natural part of life.
As if stress isn’t bad in and of itself, what it does to our bodies is even worse! You see, when we are stressed, our bodies release hormones as part of the “fight or flight” response. These hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, prepare our bodies to either run like heck or fight our attacker. They help us remain hyper alert (hello insomnia) and our hearts pump faster so our blood can feed the muscles in our arms and legs.
But the “fight or flight” response is supposed to be a quick-lived response, just long enough to get away from that sabre tooth tiger or hungry bear. But modern stress is 24/7 stress, which means these stress hormones are in our system 24/7 as well.
Many of us develop high blood pressure.
As if the disease itself weren’t bad enough, many medications prescribed for high blood pressure come with some pretty nasty side effects such as:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Erection problems
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling tired
- Mild headaches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin rash
- Weight loss or gain without trying
And these are considered the MILDER forms of side effects. More dangerous side effects of common high blood pressure medications are:
- An increase in blood sugar levels, leading to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Potassium loss impacting muscle (heart) function
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
As you can see, the side effects are almost worse than the high blood pressure itself. It’s no wonder more people are looking for natural remedies for high blood pressure.
If you or someone you love has high blood pressure and want to lower it naturally, here are some ways to do it:
Exercise should really be your first defense against a multitude of diseases. It’s certainly one of the absolute best things you can do to lower your blood pressure. And it only takes moderate exercise (such as walking or biking) just a few days a week to help make your heart stronger and more efficient at pumping blood.
Eat More Potassium-Rich Foods
Much focus is given to sodium. We are told that to keep our blood pressure down we should eat less of it. The truth is, sodium is incredibly important for our overall health, and even doctors now are telling patients they need to eat more of it.
The real culprit is a skewed ratio of sodium to potassium. Optimum health is a constant balancing act. You need a certain amount of omega-3 to omega-6 or you become ill. You need a certain amount of magnesium to calcium or you become sick. And the same is true for salt and potassium: the balance needs to be there or your blood pressure can go sky-high.
While most people get a lot of salt in their diet, which for many Americans comes from processed foods, they don’t get enough potassium. Start eating more potassium-rich foods to keep the balancing act going and keep your blood pressure down.
Studies have found meditation to be an effective means of beating stress and keeping your health under check. Just 15-20 minutes a day is all it takes to reduce your high blood pressure.
Many people turn to alcohol as a way to cope with stress. But alcohol is linked to 16% of high blood pressure cases around the world, so do your best to cut back and find healthier ways (exercise and meditation) to deal with stress. And while you’re at it, quit smoking as well, as smoking is another big culprit of high blood pressure!
Eat Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is a secretion of worker bees that is then fed to the Queen Bee. This substance is what helps her grow and live 10x bigger and longer than the rest of the bees, as she is the ONLY bee allowed to eat it.
Royal Jelly is the richest known natural source of vitamin B5, which lowers stress, and also provides other B vitamins plus vitamins A, C, D and E. Royal jelly also provides 20 amino acids, essential fatty acids, and important minerals such as potassium, calcium, zinc, iron and manganese.
But Royal Jelly contains short chains of amino acids called peptides that block the effects of ACE (angiotensin converting enzymes). ACE is very good at constricting blood vessels, so anything you ingest to counteract this will help your blood vessels stay nice and open, reducing high blood pressure. This is why you or someone you love with hypertension may be on ACE inhibitors. Well, Royal Jelly does the same thing as these prescription medications, only WITHOUT those nasty side effects!
Our Golden Royal Honey just happens to be chockful of Royal Jelly. If you’d like to try and get your blood pressure down naturally, try some Golden Royal Honey for yourself.
*Always speak to your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or protocol.