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Have You Tried to Manage Blood Pressure Naturally?

By Tom Herrin

Health problems are nothing to take lightly.  Some may correct themselves with time, but many will require some kind of major intervention.  The first thing that is often suggested is to make some changes in lifestyle, but too many people are resistant to giving up anything.  The next step is usually to begin taking some kind of medication.  If this is what is needed, fine, but making those few lifestyle changes may help to avoid a lifetime of dependency upon medication.  It sometimes seems that once a person starts this process, they are not able to ever get off of the meds.  

Try Cutting Sodium

Many people are highly sensitive to sodium.  Even if this is not the case, lots of foods today are packed with them to either disguise taste or help serve as a preservative.  Whether this in packaged foods or fast foods, there is much more than any of us has need of.  Besides reducing the use of salt at home, it is possible to order foods with less salt.  Even though salt is not the only source of sodium, it is likely the most common.  Try cutting or reducing it for a week and see if it makes a difference.  For many individuals, it can have a huge impact.

Cut Back, or Cut out, Alcohol

Some people drink alcohol on a daily basis.  It can have a serious effect on blood pressure.  If nothing else, setting a limit on how much to consume each day may be enough to improve blood pressure measurably.  Of course, cutting it out completely may do wonders, but making small cuts can also help.  While some studies have indicated that drinking small amounts of wine each day, this has to be carefully monitored in order to be truly effective.  Downing a bottle to make up for lost days is a bad idea.

Try Adding Regular Exercise

For those who have sedentary lifestyles, adding a little exercise can make quite a difference.  Walking a few minutes or doing some other kind of exercise may help our bodies to sort of reset themselves.  I find this to be a pretty big help anytime I have something amiss.  It seems to bring my numbers back to where I need in quick order.  Adding only a few short minutes each day for a few weeks may provide the kind of outcome that is desirable.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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