Discover why detoxification is crucial to reducing blood pressure and promoting overall health.
There’s no escaping the fact that we live in a toxic world. No fewer than 10 million new chemicals have been created, approximately 3,500 of which are in your food, with an equal number in your homes and household products. Roughly 300 known harmful substances can be found in most blood samples these days.
Our immune systems are under constant siege, working 24/7 to destroy the impurities in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the chemicals we apply to our skin. All these chemical toxins flood our systems with dangerous free radicals that contribute to oxidative stress—a key cause of high blood pressure levels. Therefore, detoxifying your body plays a crucial role in any treatment plan to reduce high blood pressure.
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To Reduce Your Blood Pressure, Limit Exposure and Practice Detoxification
To start, there are a number of strategies to limit exposure to environmental toxins you can employ to reduce blood pressure. Be aware of what you eat, and look for pesticide-free, organic food. Quit smoking and avoid situations where cigarette smoke is in the air as much as possible. Another important consideration is getting clean water — it's best to drink filtered water over bottled water.
Once you’ve put these into practice, I encourage you to try detoxification techniques that can help you cleanse yourself of toxins, lower your oxidative stress, and ultimately reduce high blood pressure levels. One great detoxification technique is exercise. Exercise not only reduces blood pressure, but also causes you to sweat out toxins that could cause high blood pressure in the first place. Another detox tip is to integrate flax into your diet — this heart-healthy food encourages a healthy bowel, making it easy to pass toxins out of your body. You can also practice breathing exercises, which allow you to dispell the chemicals in your body through your breath.
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