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.
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%!