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Managing Blood Pressure May Be Your Call

By Tom Herrin

Just because a person has been given a diagnosis that they now have high blood pressure does not mean they are necessarily doomed to a life of medication.  It is true that in some cases, medication may be necessary, but many times, they can avoid it with some good lifestyle changes.  That should be good news to anyone who may be despairing due to what they perceive as new limitations.  The fact is that many health issues can be managed by diligent attention paid to small changes in habits and/or behaviors.  For many individuals, their health destiny may truly be in their own hands.

Make Some Better Food Choices

It is easy to fall into a rut when it comes to eating.  Some people are so busy that they neglect to consider their options and fall into a trap of depending on fast foods to provide many of their meals.  Some of these may be good, but a steady diet of them can overload people with bad fats, salts, and a few other things.  Simply making a decision ahead of time to choose smaller portions in the meals they order, or pick items that are slightly healthier, may make a big difference.

Toss Some Stress 

People tend to take on way too much stress.  For those who have responsibilities for providing for others, it may seem like it comes with the territory.  Finding someone who can share some of the worries is actually possible.  Even if that other person can take one just one thing, it will be one less to worry about.  Reducing some stress can lower blood pressure for many people.  Writing down some of those things that create stress and assigning a value on them may be a way of actually letting go of those that are really inconsequential.  

Keep Tabs and Feel Better

When we can measure anything, we can see progress in a clearer light.  We use a home monitor to check our blood pressure.  It seems to help.  By using it, I am able to see just where I am and make small adjustments.  I also can let stress creep up on me, but I have learned that most of the things I worry about can't eat me.  When I remember this, I can rest easier.  It allows me to get out and be more active and enjoy whatever I can do.  In the process, I am able to maintain better blood pressure numbers.

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

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