High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can trigger serious health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and vision loss. Changes in the way you eat and live can bring down your blood pressure and help you avoid the future health problems.
Watch your weight
Your blood pressure rises as your weight increases. If you lose 5 – 10 percent of your total body weight, you can help lower your blood pressure.
Eat a well balanced diet for high blood pressure
A diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, and low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol can help control high blood pressure. Orenda’s Clean Burn and Shape program has shown to lower blood pressure in research studies. Clean – assists in nourishing the body with nutrients that help support the body’s natural detoxifying process. Burn – supports the body’s ability to lose weight naturally. Shape – helps you lose weight, and helps your digestion and regularity.
Reduce your salt intake
Limiting salt can also help control high blood pressure. Instead of using salt, consider adding herbs and spices when cooking. Eat more fresh foods. Stay away from salty and processed foods, such as chips and frozen dinners.
Drink alcohol in moderation with high blood pressure
Drinking too much alcohol will boost your blood pressure. Men should have a maximum of two drinks per day and women, one per day.
Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day can help decrease blood pressure. Take a walk around the block or go to a walking trail with a friend.
Breathe deep and reduce stress
Too much stress may contribute to high blood pressure. Try to ease your stress. Take deep breaths and relax. Do as One has examples of meditation, controlled breathing, and even laughing exercises for stress management. Exercise is also a great stress reliever.
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