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3 Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Hint: You might want to stock up on walnuts.

Constantly battling problems with high blood pressure? Use these simple, at-home solutions to finally turn your health — and life — around!

Practice your faith.

Attending a weekly prayer group or faith discussion lowers systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 16.5 points — and NYU School of Medicine scientists say that’s enough to reduce risk of heart disease and stroke by 46 percent.

Eat a handful of walnuts.

Penn State researchers say enjoying 1/2 to 1 cup of walnuts daily along with a healthy diet can significantly lower blood pressure thanks to the nuts’ alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat that improves blood vessel health.

Inhale this aroma.

“Lavender conditions your body to relax, which lowers blood pressure,” says Mark Menolascino, MD, author of Heart Solution for Women: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease ($17.50, Amazon). To do: Take 3 deep sniffs of the essential oil 20 minutes before bed.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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