Hypertension puts a person at increased risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke. Most American adults are on medication for elevated blood pressure.
Hypertension puts a person at increased risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke.
Here are a few actions you can take to help manage your blood pressure so that you might be able to reduce hypertension medication intake or dispense with it entirely.
1. Lose Weight. For those of you who are at your target weight, ignore this section. Everyone else will be delighted to know that losing just 10% of your existing body weight can lower your blood pressure enough to require an adjustment in your medication
2. Breathe. Right, I know, we all breathe. But do we all breathe properly? The fact is, we don’t. Because of our constantly elevated stress levels and the need to constantly be on high alert, we breathe rapidly and with only our upper lungs. Rarely do we breathe deeply enough to expand our diaphragm and really stretch out our lower lungs. By regularly practicing deep breathing, we can naturally lower our blood pressure. Not only do we get the benefit of a lower blood pressure, we achieve an overall calming effect.
3. Sunlight. Spending time in the sun produces nitric oxide which relaxes our blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely. This reduces blood pressure and can eventually lower one’s risk of a heart attack.
4. Walk the Dog. Spending time with a pet and taking walks together has been proven to reduce blood pressure and feelings of stress.
5. Music. Many people have used music to manage their emotions, so it comes as no surprise that listening to music can lower blood pressure as well.
Try one or all of these natural blood pressure lowering techniques to improve your health and reduce your dependence on medication to keep you healthy.