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High blood pressure—medically known as hypertension—affects about 30 percent of adults. Left neglected, it can severely damage your quality of life and set the stage for heart disease, kidney complications, or a stroke. Conventional medicine typically treats hypertension with medications that are generally effective in reducing the risk of these complications. These medications frequently come with unintended side effects, however. The good news is the right foods and nutrients can dramatically lower blood pressure without the high costs and side effects of medications.

In today’s episode of my series I’m calling Health Bites, I discuss the driving forces of hypertension and the Functional Medicine approach to treating it.

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