Combating Hypertension without Drugs

Millions of people in the US suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. Many of them take the steps needed to get their blood pressure down, but the vast majority turns to prescription medication to keep their blood pressure in normal ranges. It is not that difficult to keep your blood pressure under control, follow these few tips to do so.

Eat Right

The biggest problem with American’s today (as far as health goes) is that they want the quick and easy way. This leads to eating a lot of processed foods, fatty foods, and deep fried foods. Let’s face it; they taste good (those marketing the foods aren’t stupid, they know how to make them taste so good that you keep coming back for more). Save yourself some money, pain, and ultimately perhaps your life by eating something different.

Whole foods are what will keep you healthy. Notice, I didn’t say organic, or foods from Whole Foods. But rather unprepared, whole foods will be the best for you. A simple salad with some grilled chicken will do more for you than any medication can. Eat that a few times per week and you will see that your blood pressure will drop naturally (skip the creamy dressings). Incorporate some beans, fish, and whole grains and you will not only feel better, but you will look better and be healthier.

Keep in mind that if you have high blood pressure, salt is your enemy (if you don’t have high blood pressure salt isn’t bad for you, but it may make you feel swollen after eating too much of it.

Exercise

Today’s culture is all about making life easier. So we no longer haul water, split wood, walk to the store, or anything like that. Some of this is great, I would much rather throw my clothes into the washer than plunge and scrub. But it has led to a culture of obesity. Did you know that for every pound of fat you gain, your body has to pump blood an extra 70 miles? That can cause a whole lot of pressure to build up.

Exercise does not have to be intense, extreme, or even take place in a gym. Instead, get up off your butt and move around a little bit. After you eat your sensible meal, grab your coat and go for a walk around the block. If you feel good, take a second lap. Your goal is to get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes every single day. Eat right and move around a bit, and you will find that you quickly lower your blood pressure, drop the pounds, and have way more energy than you thought possible.

Skip the Drugs

You may need medication to bring your blood pressure down for a little while. Sometimes our health gets out of hand. But if you don’t have a genetic condition that elevates your blood pressure (and most people don’t), then forego the drugs. They do work, but some of them, like Benicar, can end up having such severe side effects that you’re better off with high blood pressure.

Invest in yourself by eating right and exercising. You will find that you end up saving a lot of money, and you will live longer.