3. Take Your Vitamins
Vitamins B6, B12, and C have been linked to cardiovascular health. Adequate quantities of these nutrients keep arterial walls flexible and help to prevent damage that can lead to plaque and blood clots. Vitamin B6 is easily obtained from many of the meats, nuts, fruits, and vegetables we consume. Good sources of B12 also include many meats, as well as dairy products, eggs, and some fortified vegetable sources like bran and tofu.
4. Get More Sleep
If you aren’t getting the recommended 8 hours of rest every night, chances are pretty good that you have high blood-pressure, are over-weight, or both. This is because your brain and body perform most of their maintenance while you’re unconscious at night. If you want to reduce plaque build-up and damage to your arteries, getting more sleep is a big step in the right direction.
5. Unwind With Meditation
Take half an hour at the end of your day to relax and meditate. This will help you to reduce stress which can naturally lower your blood pressure and help you to get a good night’s sleep. Lower blood pressure relieves stress on arterial walls and allows your blood to flow more easily. Better circulation facilitates better oxygen- and nutrient-supply to your brain and muscles. Your body will be able to heal existing damage more easily and you’ll be less likely to develop problems in the future if you can keep your stress-levels low.