High blood pressure (HBP) is a common issue, especially in the United States. The CDC reports 45% of the US population is taking medication for hypertension (1).
As blood is pumped from the heart, the amount of pressure forced against the walls of the arteries is what is known as “blood pressure”.
The narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure will be due to the required force to pump the blood.
Arteries become narrow for various reasons, including high cholesterol as well as aging. Whatever the reason for narrowed arteries, HBP is an ominous sign for cardiovascular and kidney health.
When HBP becomes chronic, it is known as hypertension.
But HBP does not have to be permanent: Ayurveda has solutions for managing high blood pressure. When turning the light of Ayurveda onto HBP, there is a priority toward each person’s imbalance and recommendations are made based on the best diet and activities for each person. For a deeper understanding let’s take a closer look at what high blood pressure really is.
Vata is the force that drives and motivates all movement in the body. It is responsible for all input and output of sensory and motor functions. Vata controls the functions of the mind, sense organs and the higher process of thought and emotion.
The other two dosas pitta and kapha are dependent on vata for normal or abnormal movement. Therefore, the abnormal movement of vata dosa is at the root cause of high blood pressure, as well the other two dosa may be involved depending on the person's imbalance.
If your diet is high in animal protein, consider going vegetarian. It is scientifically proven that vegetarian diet reduces high blood pressure. Heart healthy plant foods include celery, carrot, garlic, flaxseed, tulsi tea, green tea, ginger cardamom, orange juice, non-fat yogurt, tender coconut water, water melon, wheat bran, black plum, ginger, pomegranate, moringa, banana, almond, walnut, and olive oil.
Modifying your diet and lifestyle choices is essential for improving heart health. We recommend consulting an Ayurvedic doctor for a personalized Ayurvedic health plan.
For more information read our related article “A Healthy Heart with Ayurveda”.
Original source: Dr JV Hebbar, EasyAyurveda.com
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