Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects millions of Americans. While some suffer because of their genetics, the majority of them suffer because of poor lifestyle choices. They eat the wrong foods, they eat in excess, they skip exercising, and they overindulge in some of lifes vices. Fortunately, controlling your blood pressure is easy, without resorting to dangerous drugs. Here is how you do it.
Eating out is fun, its exciting, and its easy. While there are a lot of great restaurants that serve healthy food, the majority of them dont. And just because you got a side salad with your Big Mac does not mean that youre eating healthy.
Instead, take a little extra time to prepare food at home. Here are some healthier alternatives that will help to reduce your blood pressure.
Grill or Bake, dont Fry Grilling your food, as well as baking, are much healthier than frying the food. Sure frying can taste better, but thats because all of the fat (and more from the oil) is left in the food. Grill some chicken to keep it as lean as possible.
Dark Vegetables are Best All vegetables are good for you, but the darker the color the better. Dark greens, like broccoli and spinach are high in iron; reds and purples, like eggplant, peppers, and radishes, have important antioxidants, and no matter what color (except clear like iceberg lettuce) have what you need for vitamins. Skip the ranch and opt for oil and vinegar.
Drink Up A glass of wine can help you process your food and absorb the nutrients better. But keep it to just one glass. Instead, drink as much water as your body will hold. Now keep in mind that drinking when youre not thirsty is not necessary, but it does aid in weight loss and helping keep a healthy heart.
Get off Your Bum
Exercise is quickly becoming a lost art. Its so much easier to sit in front of the TV after eating a fatty fried meal. And thats partially because those foods sap your energy away. Eat something healthy, and then go walk around for an hour. Being outside is much more exciting than any TV show anyway, and your heart will thank you. Try to get at least an hour of exercise (and just simply walking will get you there) every single day.
Skip the Vices
Smoking is a sure fire way to raise your blood pressure. As is excessive alcohol intake. Keep in mind that smoking and drinking in moderation are perfectly fine (Im talking a glass of wine per day and a cigar once every year), but if you want to keep your blood pressure down, then snuff out the cigarettes completely.
Caffeine, while not AS bad as others, still doesnt help your blood pressure.
There are a lot of drugs on the market that will help reduce your blood pressure. And they all do what they are supposed to do. Except they also do more, some of that more comes in the form of deadly side effects. Instead of tempting fate and taking prescription medication, opt for the natural way. You will feel better and live longer.