MAY IS: National High Blood Pressure Education Month raises awareness about the impact high blood pressure can have on health with hopes to encourage people to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes which can help reduce blood pressure, include maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise, quitting smoking and following a healthy low sodium diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
You don't have to embark on a major life overhaul to make a difference in your blood pressure. Here are six simple tips for actions you can take to help get your blood pressure back into the normal range.
Here is to your healthy heart journey!
- Losing Weight By far the most effective means of reducing elevated blood pressure is to lose weight. It doesn't require major weight loss to make a difference. Even losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure.
- Relieve stress with daily meditation like ACUPUNCTURE! Stress hormones constrict your blood vessels and can lead to temporary spikes in blood pressure. In addition, over time, stress can trigger unhealthy habits that put your cardiovascular health at risk. These might include overeating, poor sleep, and misusing drugs and alcohol. For all these reasons, reducing stress should be a priority if you're looking to lower your blood pressure.
- Read labels Research shows that American’s eat far too much dietary sodium, up to three times the recommended total amount, which is 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily for individuals with high blood pressure. It doesn't take much sodium to reach that 1,500-mg daily cap- Beware in particular of what the American Heart Association has dubbed the "salty six," common foods where high amounts of sodium may be lurking: ? breads and rolls ? cold cuts and cured meats ? pizza ? poultry ? soup ? sandwiches
- Get Moving! It doesn't take much exercise to make a difference in your health. Aim for a half-hour at least five days a week
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