Across the world, high blood pressure affects more than one-third of the adult population. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death, and, as of 2015, nearly 46% of adults live with hypertension.
For context, a normal blood pressure measurement is 120/80, while high blood pressure is considered to be 130/90 and above. Typically, high blood pressure develops over time due to compounding unhealthy lifestyle choices; usually with a focus on lack of regular exercise. The ramifications of high blood pressure are wide-reaching across the body, and it can lead to heart, brain, kidney, and eye problems. However, don’t worry! There are plenty of different, natural ways to reduce blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly. Get outside and get moving. Even just a 20-minute walk will have a positive impact on, not just, your blood pressure, but on all aspects of your health.
- Lower your sodium intake. Excessive sodium intake will lead to stiffened and narrowed blood vessels.
- Drink less alcohol. There’s a direct correlation between alcohol and 16% of all hypertension cases worldwide.
- Eating foods with higher potassium will lower your body’s sodium levels and alleviate pressure on your blood vessels. Some potassium-rich foods to eat are leafy green vegetables, fruits, and dairy products.
- Manage your stress levels. Finding hobbies or other ways to alleviate stress is a gigantic step in the right direction. Some common ways to relieve stress are being active, engaging with hobbies, meditating, socializing, and getting enough sleep.
- Lose weight. A study has shown that losing 5% of your body mass can significantly lower high blood pressure.
- Eat berries. Most berries are filled with polyphenols which reduce the risk of stroke, heart conditions, and diabetes, as well as lowering blood pressure, insulin resistance, and systemic inflammation.
- Make sure you’re eating a calcium-rich diet. While a direct connection hasn’t been established, people that eat a calcium-rich diet tend to have healthy blood pressure levels. Some foods to eat are leafy greens, tofu, and dairy.
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