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Try Controlling Blood Pressure With Lifestyle

By Tom Herrin

While people have plenty of health concerns that may require some kind of daily routine such as taking medication, there are some things that may be managed by adopting a healthier lifestyle.  This may include many types of things, but it can be possible for those who truly want to make a difference.  There are certainly cases in which some more serious measures must be taken, but simply making better lifestyle decisions may have a definite, and positive, impact on their health.  Analyzing their options and opportunities may help them to do the things that help avoid taking years of medication.

Get Serious About Weight Loss

One does not have to lose lots of weight in order to manage blood pressure better, but if they will simply focus on making some definite cuts to your diet it will help.  The little things can add up much faster than people may realize.  Losing only something along the line of a pound or two a month may tilt the blood pressure numbers in the right direction.  Making a decision to cut out something such as fried foods or chips or some other thing could possibly do the trick.  Avoiding seconds is another easy way to lose a bit.  Finding one or two things to cut or reduce on a permanent basis will likely bring good results.

Caffeine Could Be an Issue

Many people take in large amounts of caffeine every day.  This may be from coffee, tea, or soft drinks.  Making the simple switch to low-caffeine or caffeine-free drinks may put them on the road to better blood pressure.  For some, caffeine is a major contributor to high blood pressure.  One way to test this is to drink a caffeinated drink and check blood pressure within about 30 minutes.  If it goes up significantly, this could be a cause.

Monitor Your Own Numbers

If high blood pressure is a concern for you, it may be worthwhile for you to purchase a blood pressure monitor.  They are pretty inexpensive and can provide fairly reliable results.  Checking it at various times can paint a clear picture.  It can help you to establish and work toward goals.  This can often serve as a motivator for you to stay on course with your various efforts.  I find it very helpful for me.  You may find it to be a great tool for you as you strive to live a healthier lifestyle.  

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

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