When you have a problem, you might jump to find a “quick fix.” But, let’s face it, there are no secret formulas or magical drinks that will instantly lower your blood pressure.
Worried about high blood pressure? Try adding these heart-healthy drinks to your diet. Combined with regular exercise and a smart eating plan, they can help prevent and control hypertension.
After a little research, we’ve discovered these tasty beverages that can make a difference. So drink up and get your blood pressure readings moving in the right direction!
*If you’re experiencing high blood pressure, it’s important to monitor your readings. Be sure to discuss ways to get your blood pressure under control with your doctor as soon as possible to avoid long-term complications.
1. Low-fat or Nonfat Milk
Raise your glass to milk: it’s high in phosphorus, potassium and calcium—three nutrients associated with healthy blood pressure—and it’s fortified with vitamin D, a vitamin that promotes healthy blood pressure. According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, swapping out full-fat dairy for low-fat versions may also help lower blood pressure. That’s because full-fat dairy contains significant amounts of palmitic acid, which can block signals that relax blood vessels, allowing blood to flow freely. Arteries that stay tight and constricted may lead to elevated blood pressure, the study authors explain.
2. Hibiscus Tea
Drinking hibiscus tea can significantly lower blood pressure, particularly when it is slightly elevated, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition.
This drink is easy to add to your daily routine. If you’re a coffee drinker looking to lower your blood pressure, consider replacing your morning cup of joe with hibiscus tea. Studies have shown that three cups every day is enough to see a reduction in your systolic blood pressure.
Many herbal tea blends contain hibiscus, which brews up bright red and delivers a tart flavor.
Water intake affects blood pressure in two ways. First, when you don’t drink enough water your body attempts to secure its fluid supply by retaining sodium. Sodium is your body’s “water-insurance mechanism.” … So, one of the best ways to lower your blood pressure naturally is by staying well-hydrated. Water is a simple drink, yet it’s complex enough to treat an extensive list of ailments. While it won’t instantly lower your blood pressure, it can help to decrease blood pressure over time.
Of all the drinks on this list, water is the cheapest and healthiest option. You’ve probably heard that it’s recommended you drink eight glasses of water each day. However, there’s an easier and more practical way to get enough water and relieve dehydration. Buy a stylish water bottle and be sure to transport it with you wherever you go. A good rule of thumb is to refill an 18-ounce bottle four to five times a day to stay well-hydrated.