5 Ways to Reduce Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, known as hypertension, is a problem that millions of Americans deal with. This condition can lead to serious problems if it is not taken care of, and unfortunately many people opt for the easy way out. There are actually a number of ways to keep your blood pressure under control. Here are 5 of those ways.

Eat the Right Foods

The biggest reason people suffer from high blood pressure is because they have a terrible diet. It’s far easier to grab the processed foods that require 30 seconds in the microwave than it is to cook something healthy. After all, the allure of those TV shows is just too strong, and we don’t want to “waste” our time in the kitchen do we?

Instead of going for the greasy fast food, or the processed junk from the freezer aisle, stick with these basic components to keep yourself healthy: lean meats like fish and some chicken, low-fat dairy like probiotic yogurt, lots of fruits and veges (even the frozen kind as long as there is no added salt and sugar), and plenty of whole grains.

Get Moving!

Exercise does not have to be intense. Instead, just get up and walk around a little bit. 30 minutes of walking is enough for most people to maintain a healthy weight (as long as they are eating healthy too), and that’s as simple as going for a walk around the block after dinner. The “I don’t have time” excuse doesn’t work either, everyone can find 30 minutes out of the day. Bring your phone and talk with your best friend while you walk if you need added stimulation.

Cut the Stress

Stress is a huge reason that people suffer from high blood pressure. And it’s also very difficult to get rid of. But it’s not impossible. I follow the advice of, “if it doesn’t matter 5 years from now, it doesn’t matter now.” That means deciding between fish or chicken won’t matter. Whether or not you caught the latest episode of the new hit TV show won’t matter. Whether you wore a green shirt or a red shirt won’t matter. Whether you ate a cheeseburger and fries or some lean tilapia with a salad will matter. Focus your energy on the things that matter and your stress will dissolve away. Likewise, eliminate things to do! Automate your finances and relieve yourself from a dozen burdens per month. Fewer decisions means fewer things to stress about.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can be good for you; in fact a drink a day has many health benefits. But don’t think that means you must drink every day. If you enjoy a drink, keep it to just one, and by all means don’t drink 7 in one night and skip the rest of the week.

Alcohol can raise your blood pressure significantly. But don’t worry about having a beer or a glass of wine with dinner. Just keep in mind that having a fruity cocktail may end up causing you to gain some weight.

Medication

For some people diet, exercise, and all of that just aren’t enough. Their body naturally builds up blood pressure to the point they need to keep it under control. While these methods work well, keep in mind that some medications can end up causing very serious side effects that are potentially lethal.

Controlling your blood pressure is not too hard, but it does take some thought and planning. Once you have a system down though, you can maintain your blood pressure, a healthy weight, and be stronger than before. You’ll feel better and live longer.