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12 Simple Approaches To Prevent High Blood Pressure?

Jul 15, 2008
Even medical people who have researched blood pressure for decades admit that the cause is unknown for about 95% of high blood pressure problems and you could have it without even knowing, even if you're otherwise healthy. For this reason it's important that you know what your blood pressure is and have it checked on a regular basis.

Coffee and smoking will both raise your blood pressure temporarily so be sure you don't smoke or drink coffee for at least thirty minutes before you have it taken. If you're a smoker, you should know this puts you at greater risk for developing high blood pressure than a non-smoker.

Other reasons that increase your risk include high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, or other medical conditions, or if you're over the age of 60, or if you are of menopausal age. When you check your blood pressure, it is normal that there will be fluctuations, and a one time high reading doesn't necessarily mean you have hypertension. Be alarmed when those readings are consistently high, because that is the time when a diagnosis is made. The medications that you are taking may also contribute to the rise in your blood pressure.

The help you reduce the risk and even prevent high blood pressure, you need to change your diet and your lifestyle. Some of these changes are listed below. The more you can incorporate these changes into your life, the more you reduce your risk of developing hypertension.

> Limit alcohol to two drinks per day or even less

> Maintain a healthy weight and lose weight if needed

> Cut your fat intake to less than 30%

> Limit added salt and be mindful of sodium content in prepared foods

> Exercise regularly at a moderate level of intensity several times a week

> Stop smoking

> Be sure you get at least 1000 mg (milligrams) of calcium every day. Good sources are dairy products, broccoli, canned salmon, figs, tofu and kale

> You also need 2500-3000 mg of potassium daily. Get that from fresh veggies and fruit, nuts and dairy products. Look for low fat brands of dairy products.

> Get 350-400 mg of magnesium daily. You'll find it in dark green veggies, whole grains, seafood, legumes, nuts, and soybeans.

> Get a good night's sleep. Inadequate sleep can actually raise your blood pressure even higher if you already have hypertension.

> Relax more. Reduce the stress in your life, particularly if you have risk factors for high blood pressure. Consider taking up yoga or meditation to learn how to relax.

> If you drink a lot of coffee (more than 2-4 cups) every day, consider cutting back or eliminating it altogether. It can help lower your blood pressure, but only slightly.

One more thing that you can do to lower your blood pressure is by utilizing my Natural High Blood Pressure Program. I developed this program to help you lower your readings naturally.

You only need to do a few simple exercises, and you only need a few minutes each day to do them. The program has been highly successful in lowering the blood pressure of hundreds of people safely and naturally.
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a well known natural Health alternatives researcher and the developer of the natural health Blog. His newest work is the Hypertension No More program, which is a natural method for high blood pressure .
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