Controlling High Blood Pressure

  • By Premier Family Medical
  • 16 Feb, 2017
You've probably heard about the dangers of high blood pressure. From family doctors to the nightly news, there's no avoiding it. Luckily, there are some ways to prevent or even stop the condition from making an impact in your own life. Use these five important methods to reduce and maintain optimum blood pressure levels.

Keep Up With A Healthy Diet

A heart healthy diet is something everyone should try. Forget about conventional wisdom concerning less than tasty dishes or tiny portions, they're just myths. In reality, diets that encourage lower blood pressure levels are actually delicious. Like any diet, you'll find substitutions or changes that taste as good as or better than the items you previously loved. A lot of recipe books and websites offer tested recipes that readers use on a daily basis that not only taste great but are good for you. If that's not enough, talk to a dietitian or nutritionist about the best options to lower your blood pressure levels.

Exercise Every Day

Exercise is a key component to improving your lifestyle and your health. Don't worry about doing intensive routines or taking on hours at the gym, even a brisk walk can help. It may seem like a cliche, but even avoiding elevators in favor of stairs is beneficial. Try organizing a group at work or with friends that will inspire each other to reach fitness goals.

If your blood pressure levels are high, be sure to talk with your doctor before you start an exercise routine.

Cut Down On Stress

Unfortunately, stress is a part of every life. While it may be unavoidable, there are some simple ways to deal with the situation before it has an effect on your health.

•   Meditation- This ancient method of calming and centering a busy mind is as valuable now as it was for history's most revered figures.
•   Entertainment- Find a film, tv show or book you love. Schedule time to take it in and let yourself be transported away from your worries.
•   Travel- If everything seems to be overwhelming, maybe it's time for a vacation. Whether over a week or just a day, travel can help you reduce stress and establish a heart healthy lifestyle. Whether you travel alone, with friends or family members, the rewards can also lead to memories that last a lifetime.

Stop Smoking

If you are still smoking, it's time to stop. There are a myriad of reasons why this action should not be a part of your life. Smoking is incredibly dangerous and leads to numerous conditions, including cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. The good news is there are numerous ways to quit. With so many cessation methods available, you're sure to find the perfect solution. The most popular choices are patches or gums that continue to introduce nicotine into the body. As the levels gradually decrease, smokers find themselves wanting that next fix less and less until the cravings completely vanish.

Take Blood Pressure Medication

If all else fails, blood pressure medication may be in your future. Choices on the market are tailored to the needs of patients that have no other way of lowering blood pressure levels. Ask your doctor about what solutions might be best for your health. Keep in mind that some medications may not be compatible with other prescriptions you might be taking. Your doctor may also choose some of the options listed above to be included with medication to help lower your blood pressure.

High blood pressure can be a serious medical issue. Following these easy steps can get anyone on their way to a healthy body and mind. Try them today and see the difference in your own life.

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