High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions today. There are a ton of aspects of our daily lives that can contribute to high blood pressure like working too much, not getting enough sleep, being too stressed out, or being overweight. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that most Americans aren’t healthy. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to change that. The first step you’ve already taken: doing your own research and trying to identify ways that you can improve your health.
There aren’t a whole lot of symptoms associated with high blood pressure, which has given it the nickname ‘the silent killer’. This is because high blood pressure elevates the risk for having a heart attack, a stroke, or another cardiovascular problem, however many people with high blood pressure are unaware of it.
Fortunately, it’s easy to get your blood pressure checked. Most pharmacies have an area where you can sit down, put your arm in a cuff, and get your blood pressure read. You will get two numbers: the top being systolic blood pressure and the bottom diastolic. If your numbers are higher than 130/80 respectively, you have high blood pressure. That’s not the end of the world, though. Here are some of the best, and healthiest, ways that you can lower your blood pressure.
Way To Lower Blood Pressure #1: Shed Some Weight
One of the biggest causes of high blood pressure, as well as a whole bunch of other dangerous health problems, is obesity. If you are overweight, the more pounds you pack on, the higher your blood pressure will be. This can also lead to problems like sleep apnea, which can worsen your blood pressure even more.
In this sense, losing weight can be a good way for someone to help manage their blood pressure. That said, if you’re suffering from high blood pressure but you’re not overweight, chances are that losing weight won’t help cure the problem. If that’s the case, then look into some of the next tips.