How proper hydration can reduce your blood pressure

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Meeting daily adequate amount of water consumption helps keep blood pressure under control.

High blood pressure (BP) is a condition caused by when the pressure of the blood against the walls of arteries is high. It's also referred to as systolic pressure or diastolic pressure. This condition can usually develop for several years and is considered asymptomatic. This condition usually appears during or after a person has already had a heart attack.

When your body is dehydrated, these are some of the symptoms you may see with blood pressure;

  • Dehydration thickens the blood as it decreases the water substance in the blood

  • The sodium and water retention in the body readjust to the low fluid volume as a result of renin release from the kidney triggered by Dehydration. If this phenomenon is constant, it increases blood pressure.

  • Dehydration triggers the excessive release of vasopressin hormone causes the blood vessels to narrow. This causes high blood pressure.

  • In the case of dehydration, the brain's continuous training to maintain high blood pressure helps the body's organs receive blood supply.

Essential hypertension

In 95 percent of cases, the underlying cause of high blood pressure can't be found. This type of condition is known as essential hypertension. High blood pressure tends to affect males more than females. Diet and lifestyle factors are also known to influence this condition. For example, people with high blood pressure tend to be very responsive to the intake of sodium. Hence, their blood pressure may increase due to a slight additional intake of salt.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension refers to when a direct cause of high blood pressure is identified. It is usually associated with kidney disease as they are ranked highest for the root of the cause. High blood pressure can also be caused by tumors that produce too much of the hormones known as norepinephrine and hypothalamus. Birth control pills can also boost blood pressure.

Some of the natural remedies to tame blood pressure

  • A healthy diet such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins like fish is a critical key component in reducing blood pressure. Keeping eye on sodium level intake is another healthy diet that will help maintain blood pressure. Hypertension is very reactive to an increase in salt intake.

  • A consistent daily routine of exercise can help with reducing and maintaining blood pressure.

  • Stress is the vicious element that results in an increase in blood pressure. Therefore, managing stress such as yoga or/and meditation is one of the best practices to avoid high blood pressure.

  • Quit smoking and/or alcohol consumption is another prominent way to avoid high blood pressure. The chemical substance in tobacco is known to damage blood vessels while chronic consumption of alcohol also puts a person at risk of exposure to hypertension.

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