How to Get Rid of High Blood Pressure
Virtually everyone today is concerned with high blood pressure, since unrelenting stress, brought on by society’s current economic situation, is one of the main causes of hypertension. Because there are few symptoms that manifest when a person has high blood pressure, it’s called “the silent killer”. Having a blood pressure reading higher than 139/89 on a consistent basis can result in such health complications as stroke, aneurysm, kidney failure or hardened arteries. Some simple lifestyle changes which are inexpensive and easy to implement can help any individual get rid of high blood pressure and its resulting health care complications.
Cut Sodium Consumption
The American diet is too high in sodium, which makes the heart work that much harder to pump blood through the circulatory system, resulting in high blood pressure. Start reading food labels when you shop at the supermarket. Don’t automatically reach for the salt shaker before tasting your food first. Use salt substitutes and fresh herbs to season foods instead of salt.
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Follow the DASH Diet
DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and focuses on eliminating salt while emphasizing the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats (chicken and seafood), with nuts and seeds high in potassium, magnesium and fiber for healthy snacking. The beauty of the DASH diet is its quick results. Usually within two weeks of adopting this form of eating you will notice a decrease in your blood pressure measurements.
Cardiovascular, or aerobic exercise, when done on a regular basis, is another very effective way to get rid of high blood pressure. Take up at least 30 minutes a day of walking, jogging or swimming (a great low-impact form of exercise for all ages) and you will quickly notice a difference in your blood pressure levels.
Anytime you are carrying around excess pounds on your body’s frame, your heart is struggling to work harder to pump your blood. Even dropping 5 or 10 pounds can make a positive difference in getting rid of high blood pressure.
We’ve all heard the advice, take time to smell the flowers. Too much work and too much hurry is a prime recipe for high blood pressure. Take a few minutes everyday to unplug from the phone, Blackberry, computer and cell phone and sit quietly while you take deep breaths in and out, allowing your mind to wander free and not focusing on any particular thought. Daily meditation will not only make you calmer and more peaceful, you will also notice a decrease in your blood pressure levels.