@ranhblog Am looking for alternatives to BP med and statin. 73 y.o. & obese /w depression+anxiety
— George Johnson (@jorjonzn) March 5, 2014
Many people often turn to natural foods to keep their health issues in check. It’s not uncommon that the ultimate goal is to wean themselves from medications. In this case, let’s focus on blood pressure medications as well as statins which are typically used to regulate cholesterol levels.
We’re big believers that natural is the way to go, yet we know that it’s easy to get involved in the doctor/medication cycle too. Sadly, most of us are very aware that they do more harm in some cases than they do good. Of course, we always advocate discussing any change in dietary or lifestyle habits with your doctor since only they know the intricacies of your condition and we’re here to provide our opinion.
So, let’s get to it!
Best foods to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure naturally
When it comes to reducing cholesterol levels, plant sterols and stanols are worth exploring. They exist in Brussels sprouts and legumes, and even olives have trace amounts of plant sterols. Not a fan of those foods? Walnuts and oatmeal are also effective cholesterol-lowering foods.
For more details about plant sterols, check out this article: http://www.ehow.com/info_8557621_fruits-vegetables-plant-sterols.html
As for lowering blood pressure, foods like swiss chard and crimini mushrooms are very good sources as are bananas and unsalted sunflower seeds (unsalted since high sodium plays a large role in elevated blood pressure levels). Lots of other foods, including blueberries, can also combat hypertension.
For more ideas on what kinds of healthy foods are high blood-pressure busters, check out this article: http://www.aarp.org/health/medical-research/info-04-2011/6-foods-fight-high-blood-pressure.1.html
Browse through the various options as some of them may not be part of your preferred dietary lifestyle or may interact negatively with current medications.
Don’t forget to exercise
As with most any health condition, exercise does wonders to keep the body in top-notch condition, inside and out. Exercise can help with everything from anxiety reduction to diminished depression symptoms and of course, lead to weight loss.
Ah, weight loss. That in itself can be a great way to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Even just a 10 pound loss has been shown to provide health benefits. In fact, check out this story about a man who lost a lot of weight (120 pounds to be exact) by enjoying more raw foods. Now, he no longer relies on blood pressure and cholesterol medications!
So, @jorjonzn and everyone else searching for natural alternatives to blood pressure and cholesterol medications, we hope this sheds more light on some options. They’re readily available choices that can help make a difference.
We wish you all the best of luck and health!
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