5 Steps To Reduce High Blood Pressure

5 Steps To Reduce High Blood Pressure

Monitoring your blood pressure is important so you can be certain if your lifestyle changes are working. Check your blood pressure 30 minutes before and after you eat, after exercise, and before you go to bed.

Our manner of living plays a crucial role in treating our high blood pressure. With a holistic approach where you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay, reduce, or may even ditch the need for medication altogether.

5 Steps to reduce high blood pressure
5 Steps to reduce high blood pressure

1. Lose weight

If you are carrying extra pounds, reduce some… or a lot.

Losing weight might be the best lifestyle change to make for controlling and lowering blood pressure.

Overweight and obese people are prone to greater risks of high blood pressure, so heads up and start sweating!

2. Moderate alcohol consumption

Small amounts of alcohol may potentially reduce blood pressure. Be wary not to drink alcohol as a first aid remedy if you’re having hypertension because an excessive intake of alcohol can make things worse.

What’s more, is that it can potentially reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medication in the future—yikes! Drink in moderation.

3. Exercise regularly

I can’t stress enough how important physical activities are in lowering blood pressure. Consistency is the key, not intensity because once you’ve stopped exercising, your blood pressure can skyrocket again. I recommend cardio exercises such as:

  • walking
  • jogging
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • dancing

You may obtain a gym membership (and use it), hire a fitness trainer, or you can also develop your own exercise program.

4. Restrict salty foods

Let’s just say, salt or sodium makes our blood pressure shoot through the roof because it causes an imbalance in our delicate bloodstreams. Do reduce your intake of salt by:

  • examining food labels and ingredients
  • eating less processed foods
  • eating less fast food
  • avoiding adding salt itself into your meals

5. Avoid or reduce stress

Stress itself can trigger high blood pressure. Stress can also cause you to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and munch on those (potentially salty) comfort foods sitting inside the fridge.

Although we know what we are doing is important, stress, unfortunately, causes our minds and body to wear out.