Sunday, 12 April 2015

10 Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Dark Chocolate by Simon A. Eugster from Wikipedia Common

High blood pressure is no longer an illness affecting the older segment of our population due to the added pressure put on the younger generation and the change in our daily diet. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure is 140/90 mmhg or more for a sustained period of time. The symptoms you may experience with hypertension include headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, nosebleeds, breathlessness and palpitations.

Common Causes of High Blood Pressure

  • Obesity causes the heart to work harder increasing your blood pressure.
  • Excessive salt in snacks and food will impair nitric oxide in your body, nitric oxide regulates blood pressure by dilating arteries which improves blood flow.
  • Smoking is another cause of hypertension which narrows your arteries thus increasing your blood pressure.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Why You Need That Bottle of Water

Our bodies are made up of 60% water, these bodily fluids are essential in aiding digestion, circulation, absorption and transporting of nutrients as well as maintaining body’s temperature. Every day we lose water from our bodies from perspiration, urine and other bodily functions therefore maintaining the balance of body fluids can only be achieved by replenishing the fluids lost. Some doctors recommend consuming 3 to 2 liters of water a day to maintain a healthy body. Though the more popular notion is the “8 by 8” rule, that is 8 glasses of water a day ( about 1.9 liters) since we still take in water from fresh fruits, vegetables and other beverages. However caffeinated drinks and alcohol tend to dehydrate your body only fresh juices are recommended due to the added benefits of vitamins and minerals. In addition most beverages have the disadvantage of calories which will lead to weight gain if taken in excess. Therefore a glass of water is the best alternative to be taken with every meal or snack.

A glass of mineral water by Walter J. Pilsak from Wikimedia Commons

Importance of Water

  1. Water promotes healthy glowing skin and believe it or not actually prevents wrinkles. This is because dehydration tends to dry out your skin leaving it dull and ten times older in