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Remedies to help lower your blood pressure

One in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. So anything we can do to help keep it down is important. Our wellness expert Peggy Hall has more.

Your doctor has probably told you to reduce sodium and increase your exercise. But just seeing the doctor can raise your blood pressure. It's called the "White Coat Syndrome" where your blood pressure goes up while you are having it checked probably because you are nervous about the results.

"What you may not realize is that your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day," Hall says. "But I've got a few natural suggestions that may help you normalize your blood pressure by reducing stress."

Hall says if you've been prescribed blood pressure medications, don't stop taking them.

According to researchers at Tufts University, drinking three cups of hibiscus tea every day can lower your blood pressure by up to seven points.

"Also snacking on celery, bananas, figs, apricots, dates, even chocolate can help with your blood pressure because these foods are high in potassium and that helps in turn to lower your blood pressure," she says.

Hall also suggests one of her favorite ways to reduce stress, and that's to cuddle with your pet cat or dog.

"That's what I do," she says. "And studies show that it can drop your blood pressure by ten percent and who knows, it probably has a beneficial effect on your pets too."

If you don't have the four-legged pets, you may want to consider the swimming kind. There's some research that suggests gazing at swimming fish in an aquarium can drop your blood pressure by fifteen points because it creates a soothing hypnotic state.

Hall suggests if you do have high blood pressure, don't undertake any major changes in your routine until you speak to your doctor.

And, remember to treat yourself well, you deserve it!

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