it’s much better to prevent high blood pressure than to take a pill once it’s already there, let’s learn what to do
When we look at blood pressure there’s two numbers:
The top number is called systolic which is the pressure on your arteries during maximal contraction of your heart and the bottom number is called diastolic which is the pressure on your arteries when your heart is completely relaxed and if your blood pressure is constantly over 140/90 then make sure to visit your doctors surgery so they can do a 24-hour blood pressure test on you.
High blood pressure damages your blood vessels throughout your entire body from your brain, to your eyes, to your lungs, to your heart, to your kidneys and many more
Normally we don’t like to be the healthcare professional who’s all doom and gloom but it’s really important to say that having high blood pressure can significantly increase your risk of having a
- heart attack
- a stroke
- heart disease
- and even kidney disease
which is why high blood pressure is known as the silent killer
because you have no symptoms until you have some serious complications and it’s been shown that having your blood pressure well controlled can reduce the risk of you having a heart attack or a stroke by 30%.
Now there are lifestyle changes that you can make to lower your blood pressure naturally and they work exceptionally well to prevent you from getting high blood pressure so let’s begin…
The two bad habits that have proven to increase your blood pressure are:
- Heavy alcohol consumption
When we say heavy alcohol consumption that means that you’re drinking more than 14 units per week,
When we speak about smoking we mean smoking in any amount so do not smoke and do not drink heavily if you don’t want high blood pressure.
Salt! Just by reducing your intake to one teaspoon a day which is equivalent to 6 grams has been proven to reduce your blood pressure
Sleep deprivation has been shown to increase our blood pressure so try and get a minimum of 6 hours per night
Coffee! if you drink more than four cups a day it could increase your blood pressure so if you’re a big fan of coffee, tea or any other drinks that contain caffeine try to cut down and this is just water
Be more active so it’s 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise for at least five days per week and that also helps you reduce weight, which all helps you reduce your blood pressure
Eat well guide
The NHS have also done a really good guide and it’s called the “eat well guide” and in this it gives you a breakdown of what to eat, how much to eat and how to fit your five a day of fruit and veg now all of these have been shown to help lower blood pressure.
We always tell patients that it’s much better to prevent getting high blood pressure than to take a pill for it once it’s already there so follow these tips, live a healthy lifestyle and hopefully you won’t get high blood pressure thanks for reading please make sure to like, comment and share this articles to your friends who’ll find this information useful.