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Is Avoiding Medication for Blood Pressure Your Thing?

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people have concerns about taking too much medication, or taking it needlessly.  Then there are those who seem to believe that it is inevitable.  While it is sometimes necessary due to unavoidable issues, many times people can make lifestyle changes that may be all it takes for them to stay on a healthy course and be in control.  One of those things that may be managed in this way is high blood pressure.  Many people have it, but many of them may also be able to make some good changes and keep it in check.  When you are in control of your own health, it is a good feeling.

Slow Down on the Sodium

It is not uncommon for people to be sensitive to sodium.  Too much can cause their blood vessels to lose flexibility.  It is usually in the form of salt.  A simple way to cut down is to watch the added salt.  If you tend to eat fast foods, fries can be ordered without salt, or with less.  Making a point of using less, or a light salt substitute, at meals can help as well.  It won't take much until some real results may be noticed.

Cut out Some Stress

If anyone is under stress, they are not at all alone.  Stress is universal in the world today.  It may be due to any number of causes, but it is every bit as real.  Many sleepless nights follow stressful times.  Finding the solution may not be easy, but it is possible.  One way is to allow others to share in some worries.  When people are not personally responsible for each and every decision that is made, it can take quite a load off.  For some, a little walk or mild exercise may be a good practice.

Monitor and React

If we truly want to manage our stress, it can be a good practice to monitor it at home.  Blood pressure monitors are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.  Checking our blood pressure at various times throughout the day may give us a good idea of where we stand.  If we make small adjustments on a regular basis, we may not have to make major changes later on.  Managing our blood pressure ourselves is not an impossible task.  We may do it successfully with a little planning.

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

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