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High Blood Pressure: 3 Tips to Help

By Virginia Laird

Thousands across the country are informed every day by their healthcare provider that they have high blood pressure. This announcement alone can cause enough stress to skyrocket the already high numbers. This battle can prove to be extremely stressful on the patient. There is little reason to wave the flag of surrender. Research suggests there are many measures which can be taken to help improve high blood pressure, which in turn can also help reduce the number of medicines you may need for this problem. A few things to consider changing in your lifestyle include:

  • Prioritize sleep
  • Drop some weight
  • Exercise routinely

Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is an asset in having and maintaining good health. Research suggests where there is a lack of sleep, there is generally high blood pressure. If you are one who struggles to get enough rest, it is vital to begin prioritizing sleep at the top of your list. It is suggested that the average adult should try to get at least six hours of sleep each night. However, some need more to properly function. Now is the time to stop staying up until all the chores are completed or all the work is done. Those things will be there the next day waiting to be done, but sleep can prove to be difficult to make up. Start getting plenty of sleep tonight.

Drop Some Weight

If you are one who struggles with high blood pressure, it may be time to take a good look in the mirror. Or better yet, step on the scale. Are you overweight? Research suggests that you do not have to be extremely obese to have blood pressure issues. Health and wellness professionals suggest that as few as 10 pounds can cause elevated levels. If you are considering losing weight, a great way to begin is making sure you eat a well-balanced diet.

Exercise Routinely

Routine exercise offers a great many benefits, including stabilizing high blood pressure. Not only does exercise help strengthen the heart, it also helps with weight loss. While many may be thinking that daily exercise insinuates a trip to the gym, this is not the only place to get a good workout. Jogging or walking through your neighborhood is a great place to begin. Fitness gurus suggest as little as 30 minutes of exercise three to four times each week can help with both weight loss and high blood pressure.

Now is the time to begin taking control of your health. Stick to your plan and you will find success!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.

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