5 easy steps to prevent high blood pressure
High blood pressure is not a pleasant thing when you are young, but as you get older it actually becomes more than just uncomfortable sensation and poses a great threat to your heart. Here we`ve provided you with few simple tips on how you can lower your blood pressure without the help of drugs.
When was the last time you actually thought about how deep and effective your breathing? You`ve probably never thought about it at all, unless you`re practicing breathing meditations. Something as trivial as breathing is happening automatically and usually it`s a shallow breathing with insufficient amount of oxygen, which raises our blood pressure. It`s hard to constantly remind yourself to breathe deeply, but if you manage to do at least 15 minutes a day of deep breathing, you can significantly lower your blood pressure by 10 mmHG.
Moving is life, and being active as often as possible is the best preventive measure for every imaginable disease and illness, especially high blood pressure. Exercising on a daily basis is great for prevention, but if you want to treat an existing hypertension problem, then you need to intensify your training sessions. Intense workouts are best for strengthening your heart and arteries (as well as getting you slim, further reducing heart problems). But just a good walk around your park every day is more than enough.
The easiest and tasty way to treat hypertension is to stick to the Mediterranean style diet, which includes mostly vegetables, fruits, seafood and nuts. Also try to include more greens, like celery and parsley. Rosehip and hibiscus teas are exquisite preventive measures with great taste.
Dehydration puts a strain on your heart. Being depleted of water doesn’t always feel like you’re thirsty so it may remain unnoticed for a long time. Amount of water that one person should drink during the day varies for every individual. If everything is in balance you should visit the bathroom every 3-4 hours.
Stress is the number one contributor to mortality, especially when it comes to heart diseases like high blood pressure. Spend time daily with people you love and who love you. If you don’t already have a pet, consider adopting one. If you do, make sure you are out walking your dog several times daily (see #2!) and/or getting a good petting session with your cat.