Recently, one of my clients was told she had high blood pressure. Knowing that high blood pressure, left untreated, can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and blindness, her doctor was quick to point out that she needed to change her lifestyle.
As her blood pressure was not very high but on peak so there should be changes made, she asked she could start doing exercise and change her diet to see if this could lower her blood pressure to safe level. First she was not proper to take the prescription medications of the doctor after reading the potentially first threatening side effects.
Not everyone who drinks caffeine coffee is affected, but my client’s blood pressure got higher when she drank coffee. She was asked to reduce her sodium level and told drinking 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee was the problem.
There are a couple of theories as to why this happens. First, it is believed that caffeine can block a hormone that helps to keep the arteries wide and open. Another theory is that caffeine causes the adrenal gland to release extra levels of adrenaline, which can cause an increase in blood pressure.
This wouldn’t normally be a problem except for that my client really liked her morning coffee, her afternoon coffee and her early evening coffee. As for switching to decaffeinated coffee, she was never really able to adapt.
The taste was not offending, and was different to coffee; that was quite pleasing to her. When a friend affectionately labeled her “granola girl” friend and recommended hibiscus flower tea.
After a month of drinking the tea, she returned to her doctor and found that her blood pressure readings had actually lowered by 10%! How could this be, she mused.
This is same as who take high blood pressure medication. A research done by the American Heart Association proved that people with high blood pressure who take hibiscus tea three times a day for six weeks (as compared to those drinking a placebo) was able to decrease blood pressure between 7-12%.
Scientists exactly don’t know which part of the hibiscus flower will lower blood pressure, it is thought that they contain anthocyanins, known to improve the functioning of blood vessels, is one very helpful component.
The flower also contains antioxidants, help to rid the body of free radicals, which is linked to heart disease, cancer and premature aging.
Unfortunately for my client, simply changing her diet and adding hibiscus tea wasn’t enough. She needed to incorporate some sort of exercise to lower her blood pressure enough to convince her doctor that she didn’t need medication.
Trying my High Blood Pressure program for a period of one week, and following my natural breathing and relaxation exercises, her blood pressure level lowered even her doctor said that she didn’t need medication. You can also try my program to lower your blood pressure.