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Tune in and Manage Your Blood Pressure

By Tom Herrin

Handling health concerns for oneself can be a challenge.  For one thing, it is not wise to try to diagnose and treat problems without consulting a healthcare professional.  Once they have done that, it is often possible to manage many problems themselves.  As a matter of fact, that is frequently the first bit of advice that is given, or suggested.  Lifestyle changes may be all it takes to change a situation from potentially dangerous to relatively healthy.  One of the main keys is to be in tune with one's own personal health.  Once they get to that point, they can do almost anything. 

Drop a Pound or Two

The notion of losing weight is one that may send chills through many people.  The very thought often may make them feel defeated from the outset.  In reality, losing weight does not have to be associated with the unpleasant memories of those who have had bad experiences.  Simply cutting a few things out of a diet may do the trick.  Losing lots of pounds is not always the goal.  Just dropping a pound or two may make more difference than one may think.  This could involve selecting a slightly smaller item from a menu or avoiding the urge to "supersize."  By planning ahead, it is possible.

Cut Some Caffeine

Many people consume caffeine throughout the day as a matter of habit.  Simply changing to caffeine-free or low-caffeine beverages may help.  The easiest way to see if this is a factor is to check blood pressure before drinking such a beverage.  They can check their blood pressure about a half hour afterwards to see the effect.  If they are sensitive to it, they might try making a change.  For many, it is enough to make a slight change in blood pressure.  A slight difference may save wear on the body.

Own Your Decisions

The best way to stay on top of blood pressure is to have a monitor at home and use it often.  We have one and check it regularly.  When I feel that I have gotten off track, or neglected to do what I should, I will check my blood pressure.  If it has gone up, I will make a small change or two.  For me, I can get mine back where I want it in a day or two.  It helps a lot.

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

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