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Can Lifestyle Changes Help Manage Blood Pressure?

By Tom Herrin

Many of us are our own worst enemy when it comes to managing our health.  We usually know pretty much how we should live and what we should eat, but we often make choices out of apathy; that is, we don't actually want to internalize changes we should make.  It is easier to wait until we are told we have to do something, and then we may resolve ourselves to a lifetime of taking maintenance medications instead of making those changes.  While there may be some legitimate reasons for having to take the medications, we could very likely avoid doing so with a little more effort.

Push Away from the Table

A great place to begin is to lose a few pounds.  This really does pertain to a small amount.  One is often amazed at how five pounds or less can have a positive impact on health.  Making some better choices ahead of time can produce good results.  For those who must eat out, information is readily available about calories and content on many menus.  Making decisions before going in and ordering may help to ensure having healthier meals that may translate to a few pounds lost in a few weeks.  While it is never good to lose too fast, it is important to remember that cutting 500 calories per day can add up to a pound per week of loss.  A good moderate goal is a half pound per week.

Cut Back on Stress

While eliminating stress in one's life may sound easy, it can be extremely difficult.  Many who insist on making too many decisions themselves simply have trouble letting go.  Identifying decisions that others may be allowed to make may be a good start.  Trust others and empower them to have the authority to make decisions on your behalf.  Many may be surprised at how much stress may be taken off when doing this.  This stress relief may translate directly to lower blood pressure.

Check Your Own Pressure

Monitors for home use are very affordable and easy to use.  We keep one in our home and use it regularly.  I like to check mine anytime I feel it may be up.  Once I can see my numbers, it is pretty easy to make some small changes in what I do or eat.  I can usually reach my blood pressure goal within a day or two.  So far, I have been able to avoid medications completely.

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

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