High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is common and affects more than one in four adults in the UK.
But a significant majority of people with high blood pressure don’t have any symptoms, states Bupa.
In rare circumstances when people do experience symptoms, they may have a headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations and nose bleeds.
An unhealthy diet can be one of the main causes of high blood pressure so eating less sugar, salt and saturated fat is one of the recommended forms of treatment.
One thing recommended by health experts to add to your diet is hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made from the flowers of the discus shrub.
Studies carried out over the years have found it has a number of health benefits from helping high cholesterol to digestion.
The drink has also been found to lower blood pressure.
The blood pressure lowering action of Hibiscus tea is mostly due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on blood vessel walls to improve their elasticity and ability to dilate, explains Dr Sarah Brewer on her website Mylowerbloodpressure.com.
She adds: “Hibiscus tea also has a diuretic action which flushes excess fluid and sodium/salt from the body.”
In one study, drinking hibiscus tea for just 12 days reduced systolic pressure, cites medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor Dr David Williams.
On his website Drdavidwilliams.com, he advises: “This remedy is one that must be used continuously to maintain its positive results.
“When participants in the same study stopped drinking the tea for just three days, their blood pressure began to creep upward.
“I’ve also found this to be true in my own experience.
“Look specifically for tea made from hibiscus sabdariffa. It is generally made from the flowers and fruit of the plant.”
A box of 20 hibiscus tea bags is available from Ocado for £4.99.
Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure over time. In addition, alcohol contains a lot of calories which can make you gain weight and as a result increase your blood pressure.
So for those wanting to enjoy a good night out, what can you do to keep your blood pressure reading in check? There’s one thing in particular you should avoid ordering at the bar.
Don’t eat bar snacks like crisps and peanuts, according to Blood Pressure UK, as the added salt will make you want to drink more, and will raise your blood pressure.
Other tips from the charity include opting for low-alcohol options, checking the lable to see how many units a drink contains, making your drinks last longer by adding mixers or water, and if you’re drinking at home you should buy a measure so you know how much you are drinking.