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Can Lifestyle Change Manage Blood Pressure?

By Tom Herrin

Who likes the idea of having health limit their physical ability?  You would think the answer is no one, but from appearance alone, it would seem that lots of individuals don't mind at all.  Apparently, the thought of being dependent on something other than themselves to help maintain their health sounds like a great idea.  Or it may seem from their actions that they feel this way.  In reality, many people may be able to manage their blood pressure successfully if they are willing to go to a little trouble and make a commitment. 

Losing a Few Pounds May Help

When weight loss is mentioned, it does not have to be some kind of overwhelming effort.  Simply using a little self-discipline can help to take off a few pounds.  When ordering from a fast food menu, select something in a smaller serving and easily cut a few hundred calories per day.  Cutting 500 per day can add up to a loss of a pound of loss per week.  For many, once they have reduced their calories just a little, it seems easier to do a little more.  For some, they may experience some productive weight loss and lowered blood pressure significantly.

Let Someone Else Worry Some

Too many people feel that they must make every decision themselves or have the final say.  Stress can be a killer in many ways, but it often can play havoc on blood pressure.  A good manager knows when to delegate authority and responsibility to others.  The same may be said of simple household decisions.  There are usually others around you who are quite capable of making decisions without your final approval.  Letting others help with a few more may be a way of letting go.  It can be surprising just how this can take the pressure off.

Learn to Monitor Yourself

Keeping track of your blood pressure numbers can be a good way to take more ownership.  Monitors for use at home are pretty inexpensive and easy to use.  We have one and use it regularly.  Anytime I see my numbers increasing, I make a few small adjustments and keep them where they should be.  It works well for me and makes me feel that I am in more control.  If you want to answer the question of whether or not you can manage your blood pressure with lifestyle changes, give it a try. 

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

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