How's Your Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is measured using a cuff around your upper arm. Your doctor will listen to the flow of blood and the pressure will be measured by two numbers. The first number indicates when your heart is releasing blood (systolic) and the second number indicates when you heart is filling with blood (diastolic). Normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 and it is considered high blood pressure if the numbers are 140/90 or higher. You are considered to have high blood pressure if your numbers are high on two occasions when it is checked by your doctor. High blood pressure makes people at risk for strokes, kidney problems and heart disease.
Unfortunately there aren’t any indications of high blood pressure. You may feel perfectly normal so if high blood pressure tends to run in your family it is important to have it checked regularly.
There are a number of lifestyle changes you can implement if you are diagnosed with high blood pressure. These changes include stopping smoking if you are a smoker, lose enough weight to have your BMI at around 25, doing moderate exercise for 30 to 60 minutes, four to seven days a week, limit the amount of salt you eat as well as the alcohol you drink. Make sure you eat enough foods containing potassium, calcium and magnesium and also avoid eating too much fat.
Did you know that the ordinary beet has many health building properties and that more importantly can help lower high blood pressure quickly? Researchers have found that beets contain the nutrient betaine, which helps reduce homocycstein, a substance linked to heart disease and stroke. The findings have been published the in the American Heart Associations Hypertension Journal. The report shows that drinking beet juice is a natural approach to lowering high blood pressure quickly. In fact, scientists at the Queen Mary University in London were astounded to find that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure to healthy levels in as little as 24 hours.
It seems that beet juice contains an organic form of nitrate that increases the levels of the gas nitric oxide in the circulation of the blood. Nitric oxide sends signals to the muscle tissues to relax and increases blood flow which results in lower blood pressure. And the good news: only a small amount is needed – 1 cup or 250 ml to show these kinds of results. Having a natural approach will help reduce risks of cardiovascular disease which affects many people the world over.
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Exercising is a great way to help reduce your blood pressure. If you are overweight, consider regular aerobic exercise which can decrease your systolic pressure by as much as 3.84 mmHg and your diastolic pressure by 2.58 mmHg. Studies have found that by having a regular exercise program, blood pressure can be reduced in about two weeks.
Finding ways to relax and reduce stress is also a good idea. Stress relieving techniques include yoga and mediation.
What you eat is also important in helping to reduce blood pressure. Plan on eating a diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and reducing your salt, sugar and fat consumption. Most doctors recommend the DASH diet which can be found at The DASH Diet Eating Plan.
It is also recommended that your diet contain as much potassium as possible as well as calcium and magnesium. Potassium is found in potatoes, bananas, squash, spinach, bran cereal, tomatoes, prunes, raisins, cantaloupe, apricots and navy beans. Eat your green vegetables as they contain magnesium which can also be found in nuts, whole grains and shellfish. For good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, greens and salmons in your diet.
Blood Pressure Links
- Heart disease - High blood pressure - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Are you under pressure? Find out how to lower your high blood pressure to reduce your risk for heart disease. The Heart&Stroke Blood Pressure Action Plan can help you.
- National Heart Lung & Blood Institute
About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has HBP. HBP itself usually has no symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, though, it can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body.
- High Blood Pressure and Exercise
A sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease. For example, people who are less active and less physically fit have a 30%-50% greater frequency of high blood pressure than more active peers.
- A Guide to Treating High Blood Pressure
One of the most important things you can do for your overall health is to keep your blood pressure (hypertension) under control.
- Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure - MayoClinic.com
Exercise is a drug-free approach to lowering blood pressure. Here are tips on getting started.