Blood pressure is not a good thing to have and it has a lot of effects on the human body. I suffer from high blood pressure of over 140/90 personally and so does my family members. My mother especially, has a blood pressure of over 160/110 at times. It can get worrisome because you never know what will happen if you do not take care of it.
Thankfully, blood pressure is controllable and in fact, you can do it without the help of medications. Just doing a simple search online showed me all the best ways to decrease my blood pressure and amazingly enough, it has worked well for me.
For starters, I stopped my intake of Caffeine during meals. Research has shown that the intake of Caffeine increases systolic pressure by 3-14 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 4 - 13. If you do not know how much that is, a person would normally be diagnosed with Hypertension when his systolic pressure reaches 140 and diastolic pressure reaches 90. Therefore, when your diastolic pressure increases by a good 10, you're very close to getting even a Stage 2 Hypertension.
Stop taking Tobacco and you'll find that your blood pressure will go down by another 10. Regular intake of Tobacco increase blood pressure slowly, but it will goes up by at least a 10 temporarily if you start smoking right now. I personally do not smoke, but I have a close friend who does and his blood pressure has gone up to 207 before. Needless to say, he was admitted to the hospital. Thankfully the doctors were able to control it down to 140.
If you realise, most of the ways to decrease your blood pressure is to stop the intake of a certain food. You're right! Changing your lifestyle will help you lead a better one, even save your life in the future. Now the next important thing you have to take note is your salt intake. Salt will cause your body to retain water, which in turn will increase your blood pressure. Drinking 12-16 ounces of water will cause your temporarily for about an hour, but that's not dangerous. However, if you have a high amount of salt in your body, it will be! So, if you're eating out, take note of what you're having and avoid salty food, especially Seafood.
Last but not least, your breathing method. I've been doing some research about my own blood pressure and I've found out a few interesting things. If you've done some research yourself, you'll find out some people mentioning about breathing deep to decrease blood pressure, while some people debate that it doesn't help at all. Interestingly, it actually does. Please take note of what I'm about to say.
Study has shown that when people do stomach exercises, some of them tend to hold their breathe while doing so. It is shown that when they do, their blood pressure increases by a dangerous amount for a short period of time. This is because no or little oxygen is circulating the body and your body actually adapts to it by increasing the blood pressure. When other people say that breathing well does not help, it is very likely that they are already doing so while they monitor their blood pressure. This last column is not how to decrease your blood pressure, but how to maintain a lower blood pressure, or even not increase it.
Do take note that there ARE people who actually passed away in their toilet while they pass motion. Doctors assume that they hold their breathe while doing so and that caused a heart attack.
I hope that this article has helped you in some ways. Please take care of your health and your stress level. If there is anything you want to ask, or important things you want to add-on, feel free to add a comment here so that others can see!