Managing high blood pressure
We know that the optimal blood pressure of a human being is 120/80mmHg and the people who have blood pressure more than 140/90mmHg are considered to have high blood pressure.
Why is High Blood Pressure Bad?
High BP can cause a lot of harmful effects to our body which can lead to strokes, heart attacks and other complications. These things can make the patient get paralyzed or even can lead to death. That is why it is very important to manage your blood pressure by changing your lifestyle together with regular intake of anti-hypertensive medications your doctor has prescribed.
Changing your lifestyle to a better one plays a very big role in managing high blood pressure and its risks of developing other complications. It may be hard to get used to new things in your life suddenly after you get diagnosed with high BP. But you should keep in mind that health is wealth and the sooner the better.
What causes High Blood Pressure?
First of all, if you are a person who consumes alcohol in larger amounts, you should think of limiting or stopping your drinks. Alcohol in moderate amounts is good for the body, but larger amounts can cause a severe harm as well. When we say a large amount, it means more than I drink (12 ounces) per day.
If you are a smoker, you must stop smoking. Unlike alcohol, smoking cannot be continued even in limited amounts. A small amount of nicotine can change the state of your health. As limiting alcohol and seizing smoking are the hardest for most of the high BP patients, we have discussed about those two first.
Now let us have a look at other important lifestyle changes you must make to control your BP. Obesity or excessive body weight is also another bad sign for a better prognosis. If you are a patient of high BP with excessive body weight, the wisest thing you can do is to lose your extra pounds. The higher the body weight, the higher the BP. Reducing body weight will reduce your BP too.
How to reduce High Blood Pressure
Exercises! Physical activities can always keep you healthy and young and if you are a person who is having a lack of physical activities, you should give some time daily for exercises. Maybe you can join an aerobics club, yoga or even a good walk in the morning will do the miracle.
Together with all the things we discussed until now, you should control your taste buds and start loving healthy food. Eat a balanced and low sugar and low fat diet. Don’t forget to reduce the salt you consume. Your diet is very important as it can lead you to a better life.
If you are a person with high BP, you know a few basic things to start up with, to control your BP and to have a healthier life. Do not forget the lifestyle changes alone cannot control your BP; they need the support of anti-hypertensive medications too. Regular intake of your medications given by your doctor plays a very important role.