You can now lower your blood pressure by consuming apple cider vinegar. Other herbs, foods and dietary changes can assist in increasing the effectiveness of the vinegar. You can take a shot of it diluted in water or use it as a seasoning on uncooked or lightly cooked foods. The reason why the vinegar is best uncooked is because it retains its nutrients and fermentation when not cooked above 116 degrees F.
Mix 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp. of honey in a glass of water and drink twice daily. Apple cider vinegar and honey contain potassium, which assists in balancing your body's sodium levels, so it reduces hypertension.
Eat a diet low in sodium, which may be a factor in some people, according to the FamilyDoctor.org. Lower your sodium intake from 2,300 mg to 1,500 mg per day, depending on what your doctor recommends.
Read food labels to see its sodium content, especially with foods like bread, soups, cheese, canned food and medication, which most people overlook. They also contain magnesium, which relaxes your blood vessels to lower your blood pressure.
Cayenne Pepper Tonic
Combine cayenne pepper with apple cider vinegar for a potent way to decrease high blood pressure. Cayenne pepper alone is an effective remedy for regulating blood pressure.
Mix 1/16 tsp. of cayenne pepper in a cup of water with 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar.
Add incremental amounts of cayenne until you reach ¼ tsp.
Pour a dressing on a salad made of 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and add, to taste, olive oil and spices.
Sprinkle 1 to 2 tbsp. of nutty-tasting flaxseed on a salad to add omega-3 oils and fiber, which lowers your blood pressure, according to the American Dietetic Association. The ADA also recommends a vegetarian or vegan diet to decrease hypertension.
Increase the effectiveness of the apple cider vinegar by eating more fresh vegetable salads and reduce your intake of saturated fats, which are found in meats, whole-milk dairy products and certain tropical oils.
Replace your coffee with a shot of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is known to fight fatigue, while lowering your blood pressure, and coffee is known as a stimulant that raises your blood pressure.
Drink a natural coffee replacement derived from herbs or grains such as barley, if you miss the taste, because apple cider vinegar and coffee have drastic taste differences.
Add low-fat creamer, milk or dairy alternative derived from organic soy, rice, oat, hemp and almond or other nuts.
Diana Gamble's health-oriented articles have been published in magazines such as "The Natural Journal" since 2007. She earned certifications for massage therapy and nutritional consulting from the North Carolina School of Holistic Medicine. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville with a Bachelor of Arts in literature.