Naturally Lower

While it’s common for adults with high blood pressure to turn to alternative therapies for relief from this potentially dangerous condition, there are some alternate approaches that, quite naturally, can get those numbers to make an impressive decline.

New research recently published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension suggests quantifiable benefits can be derived from several kinds of exercise as well as complementary or alternative therapies such as meditation, biofeedback and acupuncture. While it’s long been known that aerobic exercise such as walking or running is effective in addressing hypertension, this research found that other workouts including strength-training and isometric moves were equally beneficial. Still, the AHA noted that some isometric moves can be dangerous for patients with extremely high blood pressure. (So the point here is talk to your doctor first if you have hypertension and want to test these theories.)

And although researchers found that meditation and biofeedback can have a small, positive impact on blood pressure numbers, they noted there is still no clinical proof that activities such as yoga are beneficial. The AHA did note in a press release that some of these approaches are not beneficial without a strong commitment to regular practice, but they do offer some hope for adults hoping to avoid medication and those who want to play an active role in improving their health.

There’s good reason to pay attention to your blood pressure: High blood pressure or hypertension is a leading cause of stroke, which can have debilitating and sometimes fatal consequences.