Have you recently been diagnosed with hypertension, or are you being treated for high blood pressure? If so, there are some things you can do to lower your readings. Lifestyle changes may have been suggested by your physician as a way to avoid medication or reduce the amount of medication you’re taking. Listed here are the top 6 ways to be proactive and lower blood pressure naturally:
- Exercise More
Something that is repeatedly advised for better health and a good way to reduce blood pressure is exercise. As little as 30 minutes per day on most days of the week can lower blood pressure readings significantly.
- Eat Bananas
You might be aware that salt intake can raise blood pressure, but did you know the potassium counteracts the ill effects of sodium? Bananas, baked potatoes with skin and low fat yogurt are good sources of potassium to include in order to reach the recommended 4700 milligrams per day.
- Cut Salt
Those with both normal blood pressure and with full blown hypertension can substantially lower their blood pressure by cutting salt intake. Most of our daily salt comes from processed foods, so choose whole foods instead to reduce your intake.
- Don’t Smoke
The tobacco and nicotine in cigarettes can cause a temporary spike in the blood pressure of smokers, but doesn’t contribute to lasting high blood pressure. It’s believed that the lifestyle choices of many smokers such as heavy alcohol consumption and lack of exercise could be contributing factors to chronic high blood pressure. If you smoke, it’s advisable to quit and if you don’t smoke, don’t start!
- Lose Weight
Dropping even a few pounds has been shown to impact your blood pressure, as any extra weight makes your heart work harder and could contribute to hypertension.
- Cut Back On Alcohol
Research has shown that more than 2 drinks a day increases the risk of hypertension for both men and women. If you do drink, enjoy your alcohol with a meal to lessen the effect on blood pressure.
Following the steps above can lead to better health. At Revolution Health Center in Murfreesboro, we work with clients to achieve this health each and every visit. Book your appointment today for a healthier tomorrow.