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7 Refreshing Drinks that Lower Your Blood Pressure

by Jessica Hegg November 18, 2016

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Nowadays, when there's a problem we always jump to find the "quick fix" 

But, let’s face it, in reality, there are no secret formulas or magical drinks that lower blood pressure instantly.

However!

After a little research, we've discovered  these tasty beverages that can make a difference. So drink up and get those readings moving in the right direction!

**If you're experiencing high blood pressure, it's important to monitor your readings and discuss with your doctor ways to get your readings under control as soon as possible to avoid any risk of health complications.

Drinks that Lower Blood Pressure:

#1 Hibiscus Tea

hibiscus tea

Speaking of tea, no list of healthy drinks is complete without it. And it’s no wonder why. Tea possess many qualities that support healthy living. Hibiscus tea is especially crucial to lowering blood pressure because it contains bioactive phytochemicals. In plain English, bioactive phytochemicals are similar to antioxidants. Both are plant-based chemical compounds that are considered helpful to human health. The bioactive phytochemicals in hibiscus have been known to act as a natural ACE inhibitor as well, making it another blood pressure power drink.

This drink is easy to add to your daily routine. If you are a coffee drinker looking to lower your blood pressure, consider replacing your morning cup of joe with hibiscus tea. Studies have shown that three cups per day is enough to see a reduction in your systolic blood pressure.

2) Beet Juice

beat juice

Okay. Okay. Drinking beet juice does not sound nearly as fun as, say, drinking Sangria. However, it works to lower blood pressure. In fact, studies show that you can experience results almost immediately with just one to two cups of beet juice a day. Beets are important in regulating blood pressure because they contain a healthy variety of vitamins and nutrients designed to help promote optimal blood function. One key beneficial nutrient in beets is nitrate. Once consumed, the nitrate found in beets converts to nitrites, which helps relax muscle tissue and facilitates increased blood flow. The benefits don’t stop there. Additionally, this root vegetable is a good source of potassium and folate, which are both important in controlling blood pressure.

Ok, we get it sipping on plain beet juice isn't everyone's cup of tea (or should I say cup of beets?).  If taste is the problem, try masking the taste by adding one cup of beet juice to you're post-workout smoothie! You will get the same benefits plus a great taste.

3) Water

glass of water

Water is such a simple drink, yet it is complex enough to treat a great list of ailments, including elevated blood pressure. With its endless beneficial qualities, it’s a shame so many people do not get enough of water throughout the day to be considered well-hydrated. In fact, many people are chronically dehydrated, which can wreak havoc on the body’s blood pressure. Chronic dehydration reduces the body’s ability to transport blood efficiently, forcing blood vessels to constrict in an effort to conserve water usually lost through everyday functions like sweating and urination. The constricted blood vessels taxes your body’s ability to pump blood effectively, which results in elevated blood pressure.

Of all the drinks on this list, water is the cheapest and healthiest option. We have all heard the call to drink eight glasses per day. However, there is an easier and more practical way to get enough water and relieve dehydration. Buy a stylish water bottle and be sure to transport it with you wherever you go. A good rule of thumb is to refill an 18-ounce bottle four to five times a day to stay well hydrated.

4) Milk

glass of milk

We know the old slogan. Milk: It does a body good. But, just how good? It turns out that milk does wonders your body’s blood pressure. Studies have shown that high blood pressure is linked to calcium deficiency. Naturally, the more calcium you consume, the more you decrease your risk for developing high blood pressure based on a lack of calcium. However, before you run out and buy milk by the gallon, it’s important to know that when it comes to lowering blood pressure, all milk is not created equal.

To get the best blood pressure benefits, you want to choose milk that is higher in calcium and lower in fat. For that reason, low-fat milk is the way to go. Low -fat milk is higher in calcium and contains a reduced fat content that actually promotes the absorption of calcium better than high-fat milk.

For the lactose intolerant people out there, fear not! There is a great alternative for you. Unsweetened almond milk that has been fortified with calcium is a good low-fat milk substitute to help lower blood pressure.

5) Pomegranate Juice

pomegranate juice

Oh, how sweet it is! But, in the case of pomegranate juice tart might be a better word. Nonetheless, it is an excellent drink to lower blood pressure. Pomegranate juice is like hibiscus tea because it contains ACE inhibiting properties as well. Why is blocking or lowering ACE such an important part of maintaining healthy blood pressure? There are a few reasons. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting-enzyme. If you have an abundance of it, ACE can raise your blood pressure through blood vessel constriction in much the same way as dehydration.

Because pomegranate juice is a natural ACE inhibitor, it functions like the medications doctors prescribe to treat high blood pressure. That is what makes this drink so special at combatting elevated blood pressure. In some studies, researchers have found that pomegranate juice can lower systolic blood pressure by up to 30 percent.

Like beet juice, the taste of pomegranate juice does not sit well with some people. Need an easy fix to smooth the taste? Just add sparkling water to 3 ounces of pomegranate juice and enjoy. Also, this is a refreshing juice to add to almost any smoothie.

6) Cranberry Juice

cranberry juice

Cranberries are a superfruit, so that must make cranberry juice a super-drink, right? Whatever your feelings are about the super status of cranberries and cranberry juice, there is no denying that both have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Those properties go a long way toward preventing and reducing inner blood vessel damage, and ultimately lowering blood pressure. Also, cranberry juice has been reported to reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Of course, with its abundance of vitamin C, cranberries have a super friend in the fight to lower blood pressure.

If you are a lover of cranberry juice, then you will really love this. You can drink the stuff until your heart’s content. That’s because there is no set standard or recommendation for the amount of cranberry juice necessary as part of a daily regimen. However, because many varieties of cranberry juice can be high in sugar and calories, it is best to opt for an unsweetened version of the juice. Also, adding sparkling water to a cup of cranberry juice is another way to make it a lighter, refreshing drink.

7) Red Wine

glass of red wine

Bonus! You didn’t think we would create a list of the healthiest drinks to lower your blood pressure without giving you some information on red wine, did you? While all of the drinks on this list are helpful in reducing blood pressure, none of them are quite as fun as a glass of crisp red wine.

Studies show that red wine can increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol, which goes a long way to removing plaque build-up on your arteries. More HDL means less plaque. Less plaque means easier blood flow. Easier blood flow means lower blood pressure. All of that is good news!

Additionally, red wine can help if you are experiencing higher blood pressure due to plaque build-up. Frequently, an abundance of blood-clots in your arteries can increase your risk for further plaque development and contribute to higher blood pressure. Combined with its plaque-lowering abilities mentioned above, red wine works overtime to reduce blood pressure with a chemical called resveratrol. The resveratrol in red wine acts an anti-clotting agent, which works to lower your blood pressure.

While red wine has great health properties, the more you drink, the more you increase your risk of developing alcohol-related health issues. To be on the safe side, doctors recommend no more than two glasses of red wine per day for men and one glass per day for women to maintain the health benefits of the drink.

Time to Drink up!

Everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and for those with high blood pressure, it's important to keep up and develop a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet, moderate exercise program, and at home monitoring.

High blood pressure can be influenced by uncontrollable factors like genetics and age, so taking control of your diet and physical activity are just a few ways you can actively reduce your risk of high blood pressure.

Now, if you are already eating right and enjoying a fun, effective workout program, then you're on the right track. but try incorporating these drinks for even better results!

 

Jessica Hegg
Jessica Hegg


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