There are many smoothies and fresh juices that you can make to help lower your blood pressure. As part of a holistic lifestyle, the more that you can do naturally to assist in achieving better health is a worthy standard to pursue. I started making a Blueberry-Banana Smoothie in the morning and drinking it on an empty stomach and waiting at least two hours before eating anything. I found that after one hour when I checked my blood pressure it was lower than expected.
Be sure to use organic fruits, whether they are fresh or frozen. They won’t be full of pesticides but all fresh fruits should be washed first. Be sure to read the labels on the Almond Butter and the Hemp Milk in case there is anything listed that you might be allergic to.
The ingredients offer health benefits toward lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol:
8 oz to 8-1/2 oz of Hemp Milk – Hemp is a complete protein with a balanced ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. They help reduce inflammation that causes poor blood circulation and high blood pressure. Look for Hemp Milk that is fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Hemp Milk is a great alternative to milk, lactose intolerance or allergies to soy.
1 tablespoon of Almond Butter – Helps to lower LDL cholesterol because it is low in calories, high in important nutrients and vitamins, fiber, protein, vitamin E and antioxidants.
1 Banana – 467 mg of potassium. Potassium is a natural way to lower blood pressure.
½ cup of fresh or frozen Blueberries – Contains anthocyanins which is a type of flavonoid that helps to keep blood pressure down.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, one or two minutes. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add additional milk and blend again until smooth.
You can also add strawberries, but make sure these are organic. Strawberries that are not organic are loaded with pesticides that even washing cannot remove.
Another ingredient to add is SO Dairy Free Cultured Coconut Milk Beverage with Pre & Probiotics. I found this at Whole Foods Market where the Kifir is located. If you have digestive problems and you need to increase your healthy bacteria, the beverage is a good addition. You can even add Kifir to the smoothie too.
Additional things that you can add are: flaxseed meal; other berries such as blackberries; Chia seeds.
If you want to use Chia seeds in your smoothie be sure that you take 1 tablespoon of seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and soak for 15 minutes. It will become gel-like and it’s ready to add to your smoothie. Chia seeds help to reduce LDL cholesterol and increase nutrients.
Try this smoothie first thing in the morning and see if it helps lower your blood pressure. Continue taking any blood pressure medication as prescribed. Don’t just stop taking your medication as this can cause your blood pressure to go up dangerously high. Always talk with your health-care provider or doctor when you include anything new that’s natural in helping to lower your blood pressure.