World’s medical fraternity has rightly dubbed hypertension as the ‘silent killer’. Hypertension relates to rush of blood pressure in the arteries. Constant high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening complications like: Heart attack, Stroke, Kidney failure, Eye damage, Arteriosclerosis, etc. Normally, systolic and diastolic blood pressure should be around 120/80 mm/Hg. However, when it shoots up to 149 mm/Hg and 90 mm/Hg or more, then it is referred to as hypertension. The most common symptoms of this condition are: Severe headache, Shortness of breath, Nausea and Dizziness. Hypertension cannot be attributed to one single factor. It can be caused by a combination of factors such as: Smoking, Alcoholism, Stress, Obesity, High-salt diet, Increasing age, Genetics and Chronic kidney disease. But don’t lose heart.
To keep the ‘silent killer’ at bay, some simple home remedies can be of use to you: Take a cup of warm water. Squeeze half a lemon in it. Mix it well. To reduce sourness, you can also add honey. Drink this regularly on an empty stomach. The next home remedy that you can try. Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds (khus khus). and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture every morning on an empty stomach and then again in the evening. Another helpful remedy is to have 1-2 crushed garlic cloves daily. If you do not like eating raw garlic or if it causes a burning sensation,
then take it along with a glass of milk. Some tips to help you deal with high blood pressure. Include watermelons and bananas in your diet. Coconut water is also very good for high blood pressure and nausea. Have oats. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. And reduce salt intake. To avoid salt, flavor your food with herbs and spices, even lemon.