7 Easy Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure And Deepen Your Meditation
Ever try to meditate while your heart throbs in your ears, or while your heart is pounding. Chances are you might have high blood pressure and it wouldn't be usual. Nearly 30% of all Americans have high blood pressure. If you think you have high blood pressure consult with a doctor right away. Once you consult with a physician there are a few tried and true methods you can test.
First, trying to meditate with high blood pressure is nearly impossible. A person who quiets the mind becomes acutely aware of arterial hypertension in the body. This is because meditation gives us a chance to be still, and in stillness one can hear and feel things not heard or seen in noise.
The banging sound or our internal pressure can become so loud during meditation that all efforts are rendered useless, and the deep inner silence of God's eternal moment becomes elusive.
So what are we to do? For decades it's been known that certain lifestyles changes and foods can reduce hypertension in our circulatory system and brings us good health. Let's begin.
Top 7 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure For Better Meditation
Consult with your doctor before starting, or changing, any exercise routine, then go for it. Try a brisk power walk as a morning habit, other may choose weightlifting, running, cycling, or even yoga. The key is to increase your heart rate until the body perspires, then maintain a vigorous workout for 30 minutes. Remember to breathe. As you workout be mindful of your breathing. Take as many deep breaths as possible, maybe in between sets, or try to work it into your routine.
2. Reduce Salt
Decrease your salt intake. Some people may be more salt sensitive than others. so watching your salt intake can go a long way in you health. According to Eva Obarzanek, PhD, nutritionist researcher at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute everyone should lower sodium intake. If you want low blood pressure, try reducing your intake to no more than 1,500 mg per day. That's about half the average American intake. To put it in perspective, half a teaspoon of salt contains about 1,200 mg of sodium.
3. Drink Tea
Some people may be sensitive to certain teas. Be sure to find out if you have an allergy and how your body reacts to certain herbs before to start drinking tea. The top candidates for lowering blood pressure are: Hibiscus, Hawthorne, and Java tea. The top tea in our countdown however is Hibiscus. A study conducted by Tufts University, participants who consumed 3 cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 7 points during a 6 week trial—results on par with many prescription medications. (May 26, 2013) Hawthorne is another very good choice.
4. Eat Power Foods
A diet rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium has been proven to lower blood pressure. Here's the top picks and how much they provide you with the daily recommended amounts:
- White Beans: 13% of the calcium, 30% of the magnesium, and 24% potassium.
- One cup of fat-free plain yogurt: 49% of the calcium, 12% of the magnesium, and 18% potassium.
- Banana: One medium banana provides 1% of the calcium, 8% of the magnesium, and 12% potassium.
- Kale: 9% of the calcium, 6% of the magnesium, and 9% potassium.
- Broccoli: provides 6% of the calcium, 8% of the magnesium, and 14% potassium.
- Sweet Potato: with the skin provides 4% of the calcium, 8% of the magnesium (7% without the skin), and 15% potassium (10% without the skin).
And the list continues with nuts like pistachios, almonds, avocados, and more. Do your research then conjure up some delicious recipes.
5. Delete Bad Foods
Alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, high fat foods, and sugars can cause health problems. Get rid of the undesired foods and your life will get better.
Love music? Most people do. A new study documented by "Heart", a British Medical Journal publication, revealed that listening to fast music increases blood pressure, whereas listening to slower music has the opposite effect.
Now that your new habit support a prosperous meditation practice it's time to delve deep into Christian meditation. Breath, let go, and rest in Jesus, the prince of peace. Meditation will further enhance your health and well-being.
Hope you enjoyed this article. Please let us know how you unwind. Do you have any favorite foods, teas, or exercise habits that help you on the Christian meditation journey? We'd love to know. Post your thoughts below. We love you and we're praying for you.