How to Control High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is characterized by a lot of tension and pressure in the arteries or vessels that transport blood from the heart to the body. We are going to take a look at how to control or manage high blood pressure.

Exercise

The number one way to control hypertension is by exercising and doing so regularly. If your blood pressure is just slightly high then exercising ensures it does not end up being a full blown case of hypertension. If you already have high blood pressure, then you can manage it and bring it to a better level by engaging in exercises such as jogging and swimming to running and cycling.

Watch Your Weight

As your weight increases so does your blood pressure. It is imperative to lose a little weight and especially at the waist. Too much weight around the waist increases chances of having hypertension. Losing weight is by far one of the easiest ways to prevent or manage hypertension.

Reduce Your Alcohol

Taking alcohol in small quantities can be helpful. It is only when you begin to take a lot of alcohol that your blood pressure will increase to unacceptable levels. Learn to limit your intake because it may also nullify the effectiveness of any medication that you take to control your blood pressure

Cut Down Salt Intake

Salt or sodium has such a significant effect on a persons’ blood pressure such that even a small reduction can substantially reduce blood pressure. Learn to limit your sodium intake by making sure you do not take much of processed foods. Make it a habit to check food labels of what you usually buy and substitute with those that have lower levels of sodium. Do not add salt to your diet when having meals. If it is a problem for you, make sure you learn to reduce gradually.

Ensure Your Diet Is Healthy

Having healthy eating habits means you should take more of vegetables and fruits. Try as much as possible to cut down on foods that have too much cholesterol. Increase your intake of whole grains and ensure that the dairy products you take are low in fat.

Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

This role in blood pressure is debatable depending on whether one rarely takes caffeine or if one takes it habitually. It is, however, safe to lower your intake. Quit habits such as smoking and focus on reducing your stress levels.