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Top Ten Causes of Hypertension

Apr 19, 2008
While hypertension cannot be pinpointed to any one reason (or so the doctors say), a few lifestyle habits have been found to increase your blood pressure. In the tradition of making Here's my own list of Top Ten Reasons for Hypertension.

10.) Getting stressed out. Taking on much more than you can handle at work can give you a lot of unnecessary stress that sticks with you long after you leave the office. Stress has been found to cause several ailments, hypertension among them.

Take it easy and work at your own pace, tackling the harder chunks of work earlier on in the day.

9.) Worrying too much. Anxiety has also been found to cause spikes in blood pressure. Some experts claim that making worrying a habit can cause as much damage as chronic hypertension.

Meditation, yoga, or massage, can be some of the common remedies you can do to reduce anxiety.

8.) Eating the wrong things. Unhealthy food can cause your blood pressure to rise, even though you are not overweight or you exercise regularly.

By "bad stuff," I'm talking about cholesterol, trans fats, and salt. For starters, the guidelines set by the new food guide pyramid should help you, and your blood pressure, get back on track.

7.) Lack of exercise. Nowadays, we spend most of our time sitting down. Lack of physical activity can lead to obesity. This is said to be a leading cause of hypertension.

Walk as often as possible, use the stairs more often, and engage in sports during the weekends.

6.) Being overweight. This is the main reason for the previous two ways to get hypertension. Poor eating and exercise habits will make your heart work harder to cope up with the excess weight.

Eating healthier and exercising more often should slowly help you get down to your ideal weight, as well as your ideal blood pressure.

5.) Too much caffeine. Many of us depend on coffee to keep us on track for the rest of the day. Caffeine has been found to cause a temporary rise in blood pressure, which becomes more sustained the more caffeine we take in one day.

Two cups of coffee (24 oz.) a day should be your limit.

4.) Binge drinking. With all the stress and anxiety that we have, we tend to look for something to help us cope, and more often than that, it is alcohol. Binge drinking is not good for your blood vessels because too much alcohol constricts the vessels and raises your blood pressure by about 10%. Limit your alcohol intake to a glass of wine or a can of beer a day to avoid this, especially when you already have hypertension.

Of course, we can just skip all these and just follow my suggestions in #1, but I'm getting ahead of myself. So here are the top three ways:

3.) Smoking. Each stick you consume makes your blood pressure to increase by 5-10 mm Hg. Also, the nicotine decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood, making your heart work double time to keep the body's cells healthy.

Stopping this habit will give you health benefits within minutes, instantly.

2.) Not getting enough sleep. Less than six hours of sleep per day will make you more likely to suffer from hypertension. Getting enough sleep will keep you from getting high blood pressure.

If you don't get enough rest, the heart works harder to compensate for the lower energy levels. If you snooze for less than six hours a day, see if you can take midday catnaps-these have been found to lower the risk of heart disease.

And the number one reason for hypertension?

1.) Not getting my hypertension program. My clients have tried to do all the tips I've given to avoid the first nine items, but only when they used my program did they lower their blood pressure to ideal levels-and stayed there.
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a well known health researcher and an author of several revolutionary natural health alternative methods. One of his resent breakthrough is his program on managing high blood pressure . You can learn more about Christian on his Natural Health Blog.
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