Sunday 7th April is World Health Day and this year the focus is on high blood pressure (yes that old chestnut). It affects 1 in 3 adults ever year – so I’m talking to you. High blood pressure not only increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, if left untreated can lead to blindness and heart failure.
High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. For me daily regular exercise is the best thing to suggest – even if it’s a half hour walk, it all counts. I also asked some top spa experts for their top tips to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level:
Stephanie Moore, Clinical Nutritionist at Grayshott Spa in Surrey recommends…
• Drink beetroot juice – many studies have been conducted on the ability of drinking beetroot juice to lower blood pressure. It has a measurable effect very quickly although studies have yet to show if it has a long-term benefit.
• Eat a small handful of raw almonds daily. The healthy fats have been shown to help reduce blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
• Use Turmeric in cooking. This spice has many incredible healthy properties. It can help to lower blood pressure because it is hugely anti-inflammatory. This helps improve cardio-vascular function, which ultimately lowers blood pressure.
• Eat more oily fish. Small, oily fish like mackerel, sardines and herring provide lots of healthy omega 3 fatty acids which have been shown to keep blood vessels flexible and pliable, keeping blood pressure down.
Colin Hall the resident Aromatherapist at Ananda in the Himalayas recommends…
• A massage using Clary Sage, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Rosewood, Lavender, Lemon, Melissa, Chamomile and Vetiver as these are hypotensive scents. For home use you can use these oils in the bath putting 6-8 drops in a teaspoon of milk then adding to a bath full of warm water. Soak for around 15 minutes.
Ayurvedic expert Dr. Matthew from Ananda in the Himalayas recommends…
• Stress can be a major hindrance in keeping your blood pressure steady. Start your day with 10 – 15 minutes of deep breathing to calm the mind and body
• Too much salt in the diet can raise blood pressure. Use Himalayan Rock Salt instead of regular salt to keep sodium levels down.
About Ananda in the Himalayas:
The 24,000 square foot Ananda Spa is a complete wellness experience with 24 treatment rooms offering an extensive spa menu of over 79 treatments. Focused programmes (Ayurveda, detox, eight loss, fitness etc) are overseen by the Ayurvedic Doctors and experienced therapists and the delicious Ayurvedic cuisine (with menus personalised according to your dosha) ensure successful weight loss or healing and rejuvenation. www.anandaspa.com
About Grayshott Spa:
Once the home of Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Grayshott Spa is set in 47 acres of landscaped gardens adjoining 700 acres of National Trust Land. This is one of the country’s last remaining privately owned health retreats and a UK leader in natural therapies. The spa recently launched its new Grayshott Programme which is a 7-21 day detox based on naturopathic principles underlined by the premise that optimum health must go hand in hand with a healthy, fully-functioning digestive system. www.grayshottspa.com