High blood pressure can be minimized or prevented by home remedies such as garlic, potassium-rich foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables, according to HowStuffWorks. Other medicine alternatives that WebMD lists include herbal remedies such as ginseng, snakeroot and hawthorne, but such remedies must be considered with a physician first before use.
According to HowStuffWorks, high blood pressure can irreversibly damage the arteries if it is not treated soon enough. It can be more deadly if arterial damage and scarring leads to serious cardiovascular and neurovascular impairments, such as heart attack and stroke. What makes it more lethal is the fact that almost one-third of the total population of people with high blood pressure do not know that they have the disease.
MayoClinic, HowStuffWorks and WebMD all agree that maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and regular exercise is essential to correcting high blood pressure. Physicians recommend daily consumption of more fresh fruits and vegetables and less red meat and fatty foods. Spices such as garlic can be used instead of table salt because garlic does not have the sodium content that can significantly trigger the increase of blood pressure. Eating a banana each day can also supply the body with enough potassium to balance out the levels of sodium in the blood. WebMD also emphasizes the importance of stress management and breathing exercises coupled with gentle movements in normalizing blood pressure levels and keeping the body fit and healthy.