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We May Take Charge of Our Blood Pressure

By Tom Herrin

There are plenty of problematic things that affect our health.  Far too many are beyond our control.  When we find some that are within our ability to make a difference, we should embrace them as something we have the ability to control.  One that many may be able to affect is high blood pressure.  There are certainly some things that require medication, but there are many who may be able to manage their blood pressure problems with only a few adjustments to their lifestyle and daily routine.  A good thing is that there are enough different kinds of things that you should be able to choose something.

Cut Back on Caffeine

Plenty of people are somewhat dependent on caffeine to get them started each day and/or keep them going.  Whether it is coffee or some kind of carbonated drink, they chug plenty of it through the course of a day.  Many offices, or other work situations keep it on hand for ready use.  Another good thing about this is that it doesn't take a great sacrifice but only a small change.  They can either take in less or choose to drink beverages that are low caffeine or caffeine-free.  While some people swear they can taste the difference, caffeine has no effect on flavor.  

Share Stressful Things

Too many people try to take their burdens on all by themselves.  For most things, it is just not necessary.  Getting a little help with some responsibilities and/or decisions is not a way of ditching.  It is simply using resources available.  Once these things are shared with others, the whole thing does not rest on the shoulders of one person.  Stress can truly be a silent killer.  It can interfere with sleep and overall relaxation.  One may be surprised at how stress levels can go down with this, followed by blood pressure.

Healthy Lifestyles Do a Lot

When we choose to follow healthier lifestyles, we can avoid unnecessary medication that may be required as a result of years of poor lifestyle choices.  Whether it is cutting out something to drop a pound or two, passing off some stress, or getting more exercise, it may not take much to make a big difference.  I have had pretty good success by monitoring my blood pressure regularly then adjusting accordingly.  Chances are it could work for you as well.  

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

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