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Good Blood Pressure May Be a Matter of Lifestyle

By Tom Herrin

As people age, many expect to have health problems as part of a natural process.  It is true that our bodies do some changing, but many of these are avoidable.  Accepting the notion that we are destined to take medication for the rest of our lives may not be necessary either.  One of those things that many begin dealing with is high blood pressure.  In many cases, it may be more a matter of poor choices than natural occurrences.  For the most part, when this is the cause, making some good changes may help to avoid having to rely on medication for the rest of their lives.

Add a Little Regular Exercise

Many people feel that they are just too busy to take the time to exercise.  These may be the ones who may just as well give up and drop by the pharmacy monthly for their regular prescription.  A lot of things may work, but wishing is not one of them.  Making a decision to do something is a good start, but is only good if there is follow-through.  People will have to begin slowly and work up.  Beginning with a short walk can be a good start.  Working up to 20 or 30 minutes at a time for several times per week may have them seeing results in only a few weeks.

Cut Back, or Cut Out, Alcohol

For those who drink, alcohol may be a contributing factor to increased blood pressure.  Making a determined decision to reduce the amount consumed each day may also have a significant impact on blood pressure.  Of course, this depends on how serious a person really is about getting those numbers lower.  This can be a great way of taking control.

Increase Personal Awareness

We all need to understand how things such as blood pressure affect our health.  Understanding a little about the numbers and what ranges are good may help.  Checking our own blood pressure can help us to take more ownership of managing our health.  Home monitors are inexpensive and simple to use.  We keep one in our home and use it on a regular basis.  Anytime I feel that my numbers are out of line, I find that I am able to make some small changes and see improvement in a day or so.  I have never had to take medication for it.  So far, so good.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Holly Springs, N.C.

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