Ways To Control Your High Blood Pressure

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If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then you know it’s time for a lifestyle change. Generally, high blood pressure is defined as when the top number is 140 or higher, while the bottom number is 90 or higher. While medications can bring this number down, wouldn’t it be a wonderful feeling not to worry about prescriptions? Let’s look at some things you can change to avoid senseless doctor visits and get back on the road to better health.

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First, it’s important to realize that blood pressure increases as your weight increases. The more weight that you work off in exercise, then the more you won’t need blood pressure medication. In general, women are at risk for high blood pressure if they have a waist line greater than 35 inches, while it is reduced to 32 inches for Asian women (according to Mayo Clinic.) In order to prevent this, exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Mix it up so you don’t get bored—maybe go for a walk one day and do squats or jumping jacks the following days.

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In addition, eat healthy—all the time. In order to control what you’re eating, keep a food diary. This can be a simple 3×5 notebook you get at the dollar store. All you need to do is record what you eat at each meal. You’re going to be amazed at the patterns you find in your eating habits. Keeping this diary may even help you change the way you’re eating or avoid cravings. Also, consider cutting sodium and boosting potassium. Consider tracking how much salt in your diet, such as noting the nutrition label next to what to you eat. You might find you eat less processed foods as a result.
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Furthermore, consider cutting your carbohydrates and sugars. Excess amounts of caffeinated beverages, and sugary treats have shown a direct link to high blood pressure. In turn, these choices often lead to high weight gain. If you are trying to not take blood pressure medications, then try to cut both of these out of your diet. You may also want to try cutting artificially-sweetened beverages. These often contain fake sugars that pack the pounds on you, which is one thing you want to stay away from for sure.

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Grass-fed dairy may also be the way to start eating. I realize this is not an overnight decision, but hear me out. Grass-fed dairy aids in hypertension because it has the essential vitamin K2. This vitamin protects against osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer and many more diseases. This vitamin is also an essential way to ensure calcium is strengthening the bones. In essence, this keeps calcium from causing stiffness in the arteries, which leads to hypertension.

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A big way to reduce your high blood pressure is to reduce your stress. Sure, that’s so easy, right? We all have jobs and people in our lives that stress us out. However, we have to take the high road and try to stay laid back. You won’t be able to eliminate all the stressors in your life, but the way you handle them is what matters. You may also consider buying a home blood pressure machine. If you’re prone to stress, this is going to be your life-saver. It’s going to tell you what your blood pressure is at all times. If it gets too high, however, please—go see a doctor.

On another note, consider drinking tea and decaf coffee. Studies at Duke University have shown that only 3 cups of coffee increases blood pressure. It tightens the blood vessels and causes stress, according to the researcher. This causes your heart to pump more blood, which, in turn, raises your blood pressure. In contrast, those that drink tea actually lower their blood pressure.

Scientists have also been looking at hibiscus tea which helps lower blood pressure as effectively as medication. The tea’s origins are from Africa and Asia where scientists tested it on animals, while it was soon tested on human patients. When this tea was given to the participants of the study, it was found to work as well as hypertension medication. This is due to the tea opening the arteries and allowing the release of hormones that constrict the blood vessels, according to the study.

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It may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to avoid hypertension is to cut out tobacco and alcohol. While nicotine is not a direct link to hypertension, it’s often such things as alcohol and lack of exercise that lead up to it. It’s notable to mention, however, that each cigarette you smoke does increase your blood pressure for minutes after you smoke it. Smoking it and the second hand smoke you encounter both have an effect on your cardiovascular health, which could lead to a whole host of future health problems.

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On a lighter note, indulging in dark chocolate may be a delightful way to decrease your blood pressure. It must be 1/2 ounce and at least 70% cocoa. Patients that eat dark chocolate often see their blood pressure decrease by 18 percent when they ate it every day. This equates to about only 30 calories, so that’s not too bad. As always, please do this in moderation.

Finally, eat at least one pound of fatty fish per week. Omega-3s are a good, healthy fat that is fantastic for your heart. Fish such as salmon are high in potassium, which will guard your body against high blood pressure. In addition, fish is a wonderful source of protein and vitamin D. Both of these have been shown to lower blood pressure.

One in three people have high blood pressure, and often it comes with no warning signs. If you follow these healthy lifestyle choices, however, you can be the 2 out of 3 that will never have to worry about it. These choices are especially important if you have a family history of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Don’t fall victim to high blood pressure when it’s so easy to live without; get healthy today. It could be a life-saving decision that benefits you in the long run.

12 Comments

  1. Veronica

    This is a great resource for me to pass on to my mother who has high blood pressure. She’s had it for quite a while but absolutely hates the way her medicine makes her feel. For long time she actually refused to take her medicine but she’s finally started taking it daily. Still, I think she’d like the hibiscus tea. I wonder if it’s okay to drink it if you’re also taking medication? Might be something for me to look into. Thanks!

  2. Violet

    I have family history of high blood pressure so feels it’s very important to keep a check on my blood pressure. My body is so quick to react to and changes and I’ve seen great results.

  3. Mike

    I don’t exercise for 30 minutes each day but I do workout at least 3 times weekly and in those days I do at least 60 minutes of intense training. I’ve drastically reduced the amount of processed foods I eat and because I also increased the amount of water I drink, I am feeling much better. I eat grass-fed dairy once or twice per month which is not a lot, but it is a start.

  4. Frances

    It’s a good thing I love tea! Like many others, high blood pressure is in my family. I definitely do not want to have to take any kind of medication for it – I really dislike medication and if I can avoid it then I will. Of course, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but I’m hoping that this doesn’t have to be one of those times.

    • Jolyn

      It’s a plauesre to find someone who can think so clearly

  5. Samantha

    Thank you for such an insightful post about controlling high blood pressure. Unfortunately, I was just told during my last doctors visit that I have high blood pressure. I had no idea what that meant, or what to do about it. Your tips are definitely going to come in handy. Exercise is extremely important, and so is eating healthy. I’ve also going to incorporate some of your other tips. Thank you!

  6. Heather

    I really wish I liked fish more than I do! I probably should start forcing myself to eat it more often to get in more of those Omega-3s.

    • Keli

      Too many cotneimlpms too little space, thanks!

  7. Kelsey

    I am fortunate not to suffer from high blood pressure at this point even though it runs in our family. I firmly believe this is because I walk every day and watch my carbohydrates and sugars. I do have osteoporosis however, and found your comment about grass fed dairy products interesting. I will definitely look into that. As far as your diet recommendations, I am always happy to see chocolate, in any form, appear on a list like this. Eating a pound of fish a week would be a challenge though. Do fish sticks count? Thanks for the great tips.

    • Diandra

      If you’re reading this, you’re all set, panerdr!

  8. Merna

    I have learned something new today!Both my parents have suffered with high blood pressure and my dad even had a stroke at 50. I am Ok so far but I have read up a lot on the subject however, I didn’t know that Vitamin K2 from grass fed dairy can help keep pressure low. I will be stocking up on such dairy as I really want to keep my pressure normal for life. Thanks for this knowledge.

  9. Connie

    This is great information about high blood pressure. Especially the part about women being at risk for high blood pressure with a waistline greater “than 35Iinches”. I have kept a food journal before. This really helps, period.
    Yes, indeed. Caffeinated products do cause the blood pressure to rise. Also, if I am correct, smoking cigarettes and being around/near those who smoke cigarettes raise the blood pressure as well. I used to donate plasma. I always hated approaching the walkway of the plasma place because there were so many people smoking at the entrance and around the building.
    On days when I did not go early to donate (when there were no smokers around) I got turned away because my blood pressure got affected by inhaling those horrible fumes! Terrible. Just horrible. Last but not least, Omega 3’s are wonderful.

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