If your doctor is on your back about your blood pressure numbers, here’s a surprisingly simple way to “come to grips” with it.
Researchers have found that using one of those hand grips (the kind where you squeeze the handles together) for 12-15 minutes a day in two-minute intervals, done three times a week, can reduce your blood pressure by a healthy 10 percent!
4 weeks to 10% lower blood pressure!
According to the AARP, this amazing, no-drug way to lower blood pressure was presented in a “landmark” paper published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
The study, on how exercise can help lower blood pressure, found “some of the most impressive improvements” resulted from four weeks of squeezing a hand-grip.
Just think – if Big Pharma finds out there is something that can substantially reduce your blood-pressure readings that can be found in any sporting goods store for a minimal cost, it might just spontaneously combust!
But hand-grip exercises aren’t the only things that offer an easy, safe way to bring those blood-pressure readings down.
Reduce blood pressure with a breath
Another method you might try (which costs absolutely nothing) is deep breathing exercises. According to the AARP, slowing your breathing down to about six breaths in 30 seconds can reduce your more important “top number” – that is, your systolic reading – by around three points.
This short, easy to follow video walks you through a simple, relaxing breathing exercise…
Clear out arterial plaque and fight hypertension with garlic
There’s also a natural substance that, when taken regularly in supplement form, might lower those blood-pressure numbers by another 10 percent. Garlic extract has been shown to reverse hardening of the arteries and slow the accumulation of arterial plaque by an astounding 80 percent in a UCLA Medical Center study.
So before you let your doctor put you on a risky prescription blood pressure meds — drugs that can turn your life upside down with all the side effects – consider trying some of these simple, drug-free techniques first.
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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