Your blood pressure is on the rise—what do you do? You may make some tweaks to your diet or add another medication into your morning routine. Although medications can lower blood pressure, they can cause side effects like dizziness and leg cramps. We have some good news: there are many different ways to bring your numbers down that are simple, natural and some a little out-of-the-box.
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How to Lower Blood Pressure to Enjoy Life
Watch Your Waistline
When weight increases, blood pressure can increase as well. High blood pressure means that blood vessels are under too much pressure. Carrying too much weight can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure, so try to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly, eat healthy foods and reduce sodium in your diet to help lower your blood pressure and keep it down.
Use a Blood Pressure Monitor App
PHR Plus has developed an app that works with a blood pressure monitor. Your smartphone can actually be transformed into a personal blood pressure monitor device to give both you and your doctor a better understanding of your heart conditions and total health.
It may not sound like a way to bring blood pressure down, but breathing is an effective technique to decrease the stress hormones that elevate renin—a kidney enzyme that raises blood pressure. Right now as you’re sitting or standing reading this article, you can start takin steps to lower your blood pressure with some simple breathing exercises. The FDA has actually approved deep breathing as a treatment for lowering both blood pressure and stress levels. Here are some helpful tips to breathing into lower blood pressure.
Listen to Some Music
Want to lower your blood pressure? Listen to some music or pick up a musical instrument. A study from the Netherland Heart Journal found that musicians had lower blood pressure than non-musicians. Not a musician? Listening to music—especially classical—will do just as good.
Don’t let high blood pressure stop you from living and keep you in constant fear. By making these simple lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease to truly enjoy life!
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