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Five things you can do to lower your blood pressure and save your life!

by , 23 April 2013

A staggering number of South Africans suffer from high blood pressure. And studies show the older you get, the more prevalent it becomes as at least 40% of the over-50s suffer from it. While hypertension isn't in itself a disease, this ‘silent killer', which rarely produces any symptoms, can be fatal. Here's how to lower your blood pressure the natural way.

In about 90% of the time, the cause of hypertension is unknown.

But we do know this, while some risk factors that contribute to high blood pressure – like family history – are outside your control, others can effectively be all-together eliminated.

And it’s easy, if you following these five proven tips as outline by leading natural health eletter Health Bytes.

Don’t become this silent killer’s next victim: Use these strategies to lower your blood pressure

1. Stop binge drinking:
Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can lower your systolic pressure (when your heart contracts like a pump) by up to five points and your diastolic pressure (when your heart dilates and refills with blood) by about three points. Proof that drinking less really is good for your heart.

2. Quit smoking:
“About 30% of all deaths from heart disease in the US are directly related to cigarette smoking. That’s because smoking is a major cause of coronary artery disease, especially in younger people,” explains webMD. The reason? The chemicals in tobacco damage the lining of your artery walls, increasing the risk of cholesterol deposits. Nicotine also constricts your blood vessels and forces your heart to work harder. So if you’re looking for a reason to stop smoking, this is it.


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3. Lose 4.5kgs:
If you’re overweight, the amount of blood circulating through your blood vessels increases and this creates extra force on your artery walls. “Losing as little as 4.5kg has been shown to bring blood pressure readings down to normal in some cases,” explains Health Bytes. “Losing weight also makes any blood pressure medications you're taking more effective,” explains the Mayo Clinic.

4. Keep an eye on your waistline:
If you carry too much weight around your waist, you’re in greater risk of high blood pressure. In general, explains the Mayo Clinic:

  • Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 102cm.
  • Woman are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 89 cm.
  • Asian men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 91 cm.
  • Asian women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 81 cm.

5. Exercise for 30 minutes a day:
If you walk just 30 minutes four or five days of the week, you can lower your blood pressure significantly. Exercise also reduces stress – another known cause for high blood pressure. So take up walking and try your hand at relaxation techniques such as massage, yoga and meditation.

Bottom line: Making these small lifestyle changes is a small price to pay when you consider that if you control your blood pressure for five years or more, your risk of a heart attack decreases by 20% and your risk of heart failure decreases more than 50%!

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