This article tells how to control high blood pressure without any medicine with simple lifestyle modifications.
Following lifestyle modifications for blood pressure control are recommended:
The recommended salt consumption for patients with hypertension and prehypertension is such that sodium should be less than 100 mEq per L per day. A graded blood pressure response is usually found with a greater blood pressure reduction with a lower salt consumption. Reduction in salt intake is important in middle-aged to elderly people who have family members with hypertension.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption:
Reducing alcohol consumption may reduce blood pressure - systolic as well as diastolic. A graded blood pressure response is usually found with a greater blood pressure reduction with lower alcohol consumption.
Smoking cigarettes releases nicotine. This raises blood pressure by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. This releases norepinephrine and epinephrine that help raise the blood pressure. Complications of hypertension, for example, cardiovascular disease and stroke increase in those who smoke.
The confirmatory data is low but Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce blood pressure.
Stress is a cause of high blood pressure. Therefore, a variety of stress busters are useful for reducing blood pressure. This may include any relaxing technique that may include music, books, meditation, etc. Meditation is an age-old well-designed technique that helps reduce blood pressure. Other benefits of meditation are well known.
For all the above, a large number of studies have been done periodically, and standard guidelines including JNC-7 also recommend these.
Start following the above measures today and do benefit.
Consult a doctor before you stop the anti-hypertensive pills. You might need to continue the anti-hypertensive pills before the above measures start impacting your body positively and reduce blood pressure.
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11 Sep 2018 - 2 min read
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