Hypertension: avoiding high blood pressure

May 17, 2017
With the busy lifestyles most of us lead, it's quite easy to sacrifice a healthy lifestyle for convenience. Below are 6 points on how to reduce or avoid high blood pressure through healthy lifestyle choices.
eat healthy
Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 mm Hg.
healthy waist line
Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure. At least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week can lower your blood pressure by 4 - 9 mm Hg.
reduce stress
Chronic stress is an important contributor to high blood pressure. Take some time to think about what causes you to feel stressed and consider how you can eliminate or reduce it.
Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can reduce blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg.
Caffeine can raise blood pressure by as much as 10 mm Hg in people who rarely consume it. Limiting alcohol can also potentially lower your blood pressure by 2 to 4 mm Hg.
Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. Quitting smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal.
Points sourced from Mayoclinic.org