If you are concerned about your blood pressure getting too high, you will almost certainly go to your physician to seek advice. Your doctor will invariably want you to make some lifestyle changes or / and take medication if this does not have an effect. Making lifestyle alterations is the first tactic, but it does not always work. It normally does, but just not always.
However, it is vital to strive to reduce your blood pressure, also called hypertension, before you go on tablets. Lots of people are of the belief that once your body relies on medication to moderate its hypertension, you will never be able to wean yourself off the tablets. This is what my GP told me. Therefore, if it goes against your personal philosophy to take tablets, now is the time to do something about it.
The first thing to do is stop smoking and if you frequently drink too much alcohol, to cut back on that too, as both activities will have the impact of raising your blood pressure. Taking these measures will also have knock-on effects for the remainder of your body. You will be fitter in general by not smoking at all and not drinking very much.
The next thing to do is to increase your level of daily activity. Do you take any exercise at all? If not, you will be amazed at how much two thirty-minute sessions of light exercise will help. Walk for thirty minutes in the morning and evening or replace one walk for thirty minutes gardening or swimming.
Diet is another manner of beating off the hypertension tablets. Salt, or sodium as it is often referred to, is a major cause of hypertension, usually because it encourages water retention. So, cutting back on salt or following a sodium depleted diet can have a major impact on your blood pressure.
Try substituting something else for salt: more pepper, a mixture of some other herbs or just leave it out altogether. After a couple of weeks you will not notice, except that everyone else’s cooking will taste very heavily over-salted! I did this quite successfully.
Add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet, because that will also reduce your hypertension. Eating less fat and red meat will also help. Stress is a major factor in hypertension, try to relax a bit more and possibly take up meditation or yoga.
If you are on medication, it is possible that the drugs are raising your blood pressure. If you think that this may be true, take your drugs to the GP and ask his opinion. You may be able to replace some of them. Some of the drugs that can have an adverse impact are: oral contraceptives, steroids, anti-depressants and cold / flu medicines.
You will notice that many of these methods for decreasing your (possible) hypertension are related, so if you are an over-weight, inactive smoker who enjoys a drink, you can do a lot by remedying that and your pressure will fall and you will be healthier in other ways as well.
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