High blood pressure is a very common health issue. In the United States, one in three adults have high blood pressure. It often has no symptoms and is a big risk to stroke and heart disease, both leading causes of death in the U.S.
Healthline.com provides 17 tips to help lower your blood pressure.
The tips are:
- Increase activity and exercise more
- Lose weight if you’re overweight
- Cut back on sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Eat more potassium and less sodium
- Eat less processed food
- Stop smoking
- Reduce excess stress
- Try meditation or yoga
- Eat some dark chocolate
- Try medicinal herbs
- Make sure to get good, restful sleep
- Eat garlic or take garlic extract supplements
- Eat healthy high-protein foods
- Take BP-lowering supplements
- Drink less alcohol
- Consider cutting back on caffeine
- Take prescription medication
Many of these tips require some pretty simple tweaks to our lifestyles, and can help us in other ways as well as our health. For example exercise will also improve your mood and lower stress.
Ms. Jenn Landers | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC Edited by Dr. Justin Groode