How Can You Reduce Your Blood Pressure?

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High blood pressure is a very common condition, and it is actually a condition that can be easily prevented if the right precautions are taken. If you are looking to lower your blood pressure, or even prevent high blood pressure, there are a few things that you can do to control or prevent this condition.

1) Power Walk. Going for brisk walks even for fifteen minutes out of your day can effect your blood pressure dramatically. Walking helps get oxygen to your lungs, which makes your heart not have to pump as hard.

2) Zen out. Practice deep breathing exercises, such as yoga or pilates that, ensure steady breathing and provide exercise as well as a relaxing effect.

3) Get the right amount of potassium. Eating fruits and vegetables high in potassium is part of any blood pressure lowering ritual encouraged by doctors.

4) Monitor your sodium intake. Certain demographics and individuals are what is considered “sodium sensitive,” which has a direct effect on higher blood pressure. However, there is no direct way to test to see if someone is sodium sensitive, so this may be what is causing your blood pressure to sky rocket. Be conscious of your sodium intake and try to avoid it at all if possible.

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5) Eat dark chocolate. At last– a reason to indulge yourself into the wonderful taste of chocolate. Dark chocolate makes your blood vessels more elastic, and many patients using this as a regimen saw a decrease in blood pressure. Just make sure that the dark chocolate you are consuming contains at least 70% of cocoa.

There are several different, natural ways to improve your blood pressure and lower it for an overall healthier lifestyle. Most of these blood pressure lowering regimens involve simple modifications in your diet or even a couple vitamin supplements. If you haven’t had your blood pressure tested, it is important to do so every two years. Consult your family doctor to find further ways to improve your blood pressure and figure out where you need to be from where you are now. For more natural, here are some at home ways to improve your blood pressure.

 

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