So you want to know how to lower blood pressure? Obviously you’ve heard about the dangers this condition poses to your health and you want to know how to lower the risk.
Hypertension is silent and deadly and it’s on the rise, its even casting a shadow over the young as well.
So what’s the reason for the big increase in suffers? The medical bodies point the finger at modern living such as.
- Foods that are easily accessible like take-a-ways, quick microwave meals and others that are filled with over the top sodium and unhealthy fats.
- Spending hours on end on the favourite pass time, worshiping the god known as TV, and lack of proper physical activity
- Children on their games consoles from morning till night no wonder the silent killer is able to spread its dark shadow over so many.
If you really want to know how to lower blood pressure than listen up
Have your blood pressure checked by your doctor, if you haven’t had it checked do so now as hypertension in most cases there are no symptoms what so ever.
Prior to me being diagnosed with the condition all those years back, it didn’t cross my mind that I suffered from it.
There were on some occasions where out of the blue I was hit with dizzy spells, which I dismissed, thinking I was just overworked.
if suffer from this health isue ask your doctor how high is it? Will you have to go on prescribed medication or will lifestyle changes be good enough to lower it?
Unfortunately for me lifestyle changes alone are not up to the job in keeping my problem under control.
I’m on a drug called Ramipril, one 10 mg pill a day, but my doctor is not happy with its performance. He says its not bringing my BP down to its target measurements.
If lifestyle changes is all it takes to lower it, then start reducing salt from your foods. Salt is one of the triggers to this problems; it causes your body to retain water, which in turn causes BP to go up.
If you find you’re having a hard time lowering your salt intake then try suing sea salt, you’ll find it’s a lot saltier and you wont need as much.
If you are over weight or not, talk to your doctor about suggestions on what physical activity you can do to help lower hypertension. My exercises are simple I cycle 5 days a week to work and back. I do 20 minutes each way and its not slow; I make sure I’m breathing heavy when I’m finished.
I weight train 2-3 times a week with my partner at home, nothing major, bench press, bicep curls, back and shoulder press. I do 4 sets of 30 reps stomach crunch, the plank for two minutes. Some stretching and then finish off with some Tai Chi breathing which is supposed to relax the blood vessels, which in turn helps the blood flow more freely.
Diet, again your doctor will be able to help, I wanted to know how to lower mine to acceptable levels. My doctor pointed me in the direction of 2 types, the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet. I took both ideas and came up with my own, which is mixed vegetables with very meal, chicken breasts, fish and egg whites and fruit.
I personally don’t have red meat, I cook with virgin olive oil and I take one tablespoon every day, (ARRRGH it tastes horrible). I have 50g dark chocolate every day, 3 mugs black tea a day no sugar (another ARRRGH because before I used to have white coffee with sugar).
My diet is nothing to shot about, but if I want to avoid the effects of the silent killer then sacrifices must be made. The sacrifices I’m making regarding pleasure foods are small compared to what damage this condition can do to me if I don’t focus on healthy habits.
If you’re a smoker and you suffer from this condition isn’t it about time you gave it up? I know what you’re thinking yeah sure its easy for a none smoker to say give up.
But if you have your sights set on how to bring your readings to safe levels then this is one of the big pleasures you have to give up.
Alcohol is another pleasure in moderation is fine. But over zealous with the tipple and you’ll end up in the firing line of health related issues and one of them is raised blood pressure.
My alcohol intake is small, occasionally I might have a couple of cans of cheap larger, glass a wine or baileys when I go out or at Christmas.
You have 2 options:
(1) You can follower all the advice your doctor has to give you and act upon it to keep this life threatening under control.
(2) You can ignore all of it and live life the way you want. But if you take the second option and if you’re lucky you’ll be recovering in a hospital bed without any lasting damage caused by uncontrolled HBP.
But if you’re not, you’ll end up six foot under pushing daises and just a memory to your friends and family.
This health problem is called the “silent killer” for a reason don’t you forget that.
This article is for information purposes only, always consult your doctor regarding BP. Your health is your own responsibility and no one else’s.