What You Should Know


You would probably be shocked to learn that over 30 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure.  With numbers this high it makes it one of the most widespread diseases in the country.


But for people living with it what are the health concerns?


For these people their risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Stroke are greatly increased.


In no way is this a death sentence because the majority of people only have a mild form of the condition.


By following the remedies below you can take an approach that involves more natural means of controlling your levels and not resorting to medication.


Weight Loss


If you are obese, the facts point to you being three times more likely to suffer from this condition than your lighter counterparts.  As a side note there are members of the population who have high blood pressure but fall within normal weight limits.


We're not even talking about losing huge amounts of weight; even dropping a few pounds can have an immediate effect.  


Consume less salt


The idea that a high salt diet is linked to elevated blood pressure has been debated but many in the health profession believe it to be true.  Doing what you can to lower the amount of salt you are eating won't hurt you and there is a very good chance that it will better for you in the long run.


Drink less alcohol


The evidence is there to support the connection between drinking too much and high blood pressure.  By reducing your alcohol consumption to more moderate levels as recommended will not put you at extra risk.

Look at getting more potassium


Potassium is an important mineral which helps to keep blood pressure under control and contribute to overall heart health. It is easy to increase the potassium in your diet by including foods like bananas, potatoes, oranges, apricots and cooked spinach.  A secondary option is to consider a potassium supplement.


Get more exercise


Before you undertake any form of activity proceed with caution especially if you haven't been exercising after a long break.  When it comes to exercise a conservative approach works best early on so you can build gradually each week. Walking can be a good place to start and you can progress to other activities as your fitness improves.  


Have a look at your diet


The benefits of having a diet high in vegetables has been shown in studies to help reduce blood pressure.  Making sure your diet is balanced with a reduction in processed foods and an increase in more natural foods will go a long way to helping.


Taking your own blood pressure


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It is very easy today to take your own blood pressure.  There are many simple to use monitors available to buy.  The advantage of taking your own measurements is that they give you results to compare to and then take the appropriate action based on them.


Don’t Worry, Be happy


While it may sound clichéd your blood pressure is at the mercy of your emotions and they will influence how high or low your levels will be. People with more positive states of mind have been found to have lower blood pressure.


Control your Stress Levels


We all at some stages in our lives will come under stress whether it's through work, family, money, etc. But learning to relax by meditating or doing yoga will contribute massively to getting stress levels down.  Some other effective ways are through exercise whether it be at the gym or sport.  Even a pastime will have a calming effect.

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