Blood Pressure / 9 posts found

Listening To Your Body For Better Health

For many of us, better health does not come naturally. It is usually something we must work on in order to lead healthy lives and have overall excellent health. This means listening to your body and understanding what it is telling you about what is going on inside the body. Here are some ways you can listen to your body so you can have a life that is sustained by good health. Watching The Scale You can listen to your body every time you put on your clothes or when stepping on the scale. Do your clothes fit right? Are […]

What Is Blood Pressure – And What’s Normal?

by Ross Bryant
Blood pressure is a measure of how strong the pressure is when the blood flows through your arteries. It shouldn’t be too strong, or too low, either – there’s a happy medium. You probably know the perfect reading for healthy people – 120 (systolic blood pressure) over 80 (diastolic blood pressure). Technically, it’s written as 120/80 mmHg. That number is supposed to be even lower in most cases where the patient has suffered previous health conditions such as a stroke or heart problem. Even kidney issues can result in your need for even lower blood pressure readings. What happens when […]

Addressing a High Blood Pressure Diagnosis

by Ross Bryant
The good news is, this is something you can usually get under control easily! So your first option is to control your blood pressure readings on your own using diet, exercise, stress relief and other measures to knock the numbers down to a healthy range. If that doesn’t work, then your doctor may prescribe medication. But let’s learn about things that are in your control when it comes to lifestyle changes. Don’t be afraid moving forward – 1 in 3 grown Americans (63 million) are diagnosed with hypertension, so you’re not alone. Changing Your Diet to Control High Blood Pressure […]

What’s Dangerous About High Blood Pressure?

by Ross Bryant
When hypertension is diagnosed, you have to be on the lookout for symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. In other words – high blood pressure can kill you – it’s as simple as that. That’s why it’s imperative that you get it under control fast and for the long-term – because you don’t need or want the stress of worrying about your expiration date on this planet! Don’t trick yourself into believing that a small rise in numbers isn’t harmful, either. Even a moderate raise shortens your lifespan. Whenever you’re diagnosed, your doctor may ask you to […]

Smoking Cessation Contributes to Healthy Blood Pressure

by Ross Bryant
One of the lifestyles changes that you can make, if it applies to you, is to quit smoking. And of course, never start up if you don’t yet. Some people who have smoked for years find the thought of stopping scary, but many people succeed and with the myriad of options you have at your disposal now, there’s no reason not to try. How Does Smoking Affect Blood Pressure Readings? Smoking has a two-pronged effect on your blood pressure readings. It actually isn’t the specific direct cause of elevated blood pressure, except temporarily. But it does contribute to the downfall […]

Adding Exercise to Lower Your Blood Pressure

by Ross Bryant
While dietary measures are one proactive step you can take in lowering your blood pressure, it’s not the only effective thing you can do to ward off increased hypertension. Exercise is another tactic you can do to improve your health and lower your numbers. People who are sedentary notably have increased blood pressure. Statistics show they’re 30-50% more likely to have hypertension than people who frequently move their bodies throughout the day. Many people use exercise as a way of improving their looks via weight loss. But even if you don’t lose weight, exercise can still offer you the ability […]

Suffering from Stress? Add Fruits and Vegetables to your Diet

by Ross Bryant
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, nothing is really better for you than that.  They’re full of fiber and lots of nutritious elements that contribute to the process of lowering your blood pressure. But let’s talk about meat – a central item to many people’s meals, even if it is only supposed to resemble a side dish portion. If you can, try to add a few meatless days into your weekly menu planning. The meat substitute products on the market now are very flavorful, such as the soy-based crumbles as a substitute for hamburger meat tacos. Just make sure […]

Stress Relief Brings Down Blood Pressure Numbers

by Ross Bryant
Stress is a formidable enemy to someone who is trying to bring down his or her blood pressure. It’s something almost everyone encounters on a daily basis, and if you don’t know the best way to manage it, it can have a dire impact on your health. How Does Stress Affect Blood Pressure? Whenever you walk into your doctor’s office, if you’re nervous about the visit, it can cause you to have a high blood pressure reading. Stress can contribute in a physical and mental way. Exercise itself takes a temporary toll on your body (although it has beneficial results), […]

Vitamins and Minerals for Blood Pressure?

by Ross Bryant
Vitamins: Add Plenty of Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium You should take a multi-pronged approach to ensure you get enough potassium, magnesium and calcium in your diet. Let’s cover each one individually so that you can see how it affects blood pressure and how you can add it into your diet. It’s advised that you take in 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day. Potassium is what counters the effects of salt in your body. How can you get more of this into your food plan? Choose among these foods that are rich in potassium: Mushrooms Bananas Potatoes (sweet and other types) Greens […]