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Are you looking for some flavorful and nutritious smoothie recipes to help alleviate high blood pressure? Look no further.

By tapping into the abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and superfoods that mother nature has to offer you can craft a variety of smoothies that do just that. Not only will these smoothies help lower blood pressure, they will support your overall health.

What is Hypertension?

High blood pressure is considered a chronic disease or condition. That means it can be treated, but not cured. If you have high blood pressure and either use medical treatments or lifestyle changes, or both, to lower it, you must keep up with them or your blood pressure will go back up.

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force with which your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. The number reading you get for your blood pressure represents two measurements:

  • Systolic pressure, the number at the top of the reading, measures the pressure of blood in the blood vessels when the heart is beating.
  • Diastolic pressure, the number on the bottom, measures the pressure between heart beats.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80; 120 for systolic pressure, and 80 for diastolic. It is also normal for blood pressure to be lower than this, down to about 90/60. Readings between 120 and 139 over 80 to 89 are considered to be in the range of pre-hypertension. From 140 to 159 over 90 to 99 is stage 1 hypertension, and 160/100 or higher is stage 2 hypertension. Anything over that is immediately dangerous and requires emergency medical attention.

Blood pressure levels fluctuate in normal circumstances. If you have to give a talk at work or take a big exam, for instance, your blood pressure may rise with your stress. However, if your blood pressure levels are consistently too high, you have hypertension.

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