High Blood Pressure is a major health issue in the U.S. According to the CDC, as of 2010 – 67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults. In addition, high blood pressure costs our nation more than $47.5 billion annually. This includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work.
Why is it so important to normalize high blood pressure?
High blood pressure increases your risk for dangerous health conditions, such as, heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease.
A huge problem with combatting high blood pressure is that the majority of people are simply thrust onto harmful drugs to control their levels, and then wind up with many more health problems. Fortunately, there are many safe, holistic, affordable methods to lower your blood pressure.
One way is through – great tasting, healthy, and medicinal smoothies! Today I’d like to introduce you to a smoothie recipe that I call:
BP Down Under
The focus for this simple smoothie recipe is helping to lower blood pressure. To gain access to the miracle healing phytochemicals in food. You will need a higher power blender such as: a Blendtec, Vitamix, or Nutribullet. Please use organic ingredients; pesticides are not beneficial to your health.
BP Down Under Ingredients:
|Filtered Water||8 oz.|
|Ice cubes||6-8 cubes|
Blend all ingredients until silky smooth. You can add more water to thin the mixture, or use less to thicken it.
All of these ingredients are health promoting with lots of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. But the extra mention and the real blood pressure lowering powerhouse of this smoothie is celery. Why celery? Celery actually relaxes the muscles around arteries and lowers blood pressure. Chinese medicine has used celery to lower blood pressure for thousands of years.
An effective protocol to lower blood pressure would be to consume 6-7 stalks of celery per day, along with eliminating caffeine, wheat, and processed sugars from the diet, along with acupuncture. In addition, incorporating stress-reduction techniques into your lifestyle, such as, meditation, qigong, and Tai Chi is also important.
I hope you enjoy BP Down Under and take and the necessary steps to reduce and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
With Love, Holly