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Good Practices May Manage Blood Pressure

By Tom Herrin

At one time, most people had to deal with health issues the best they could in the absence of modern medications.  For certain, some individuals have health problems that may be genetic and, therefore, need to take some kind of maintenance medication.  For many, poor lifestyle choices may have put them in a situation in which their blood pressure appears to be out of control.  The facts may be much different.  The problem may be that they choose to keep on following the same patterns.  Anyone who really wants to take control of high blood pressure they have helped to create can likely do more to be part of the solution.

Get More Exercise

Some of us hear someone tell us we need more exercise so much that we become numb to the suggestion.  It may sound like a worn out expression, but it is true that losing weight can have a big impact on blood pressure as well as a few other things.  Walking for a few minutes each day can add up.  Even doing so around the block is a start.  Someone building up to walking at a good pace for 30 minutes per day may be enough to lower blood pressure.  It can be a way to take control.  

Trim Some Sodium

A lot of people consume too much salt, and it is probably the primary source of sodium most take in.  One alternative may be to use a salt substitute.  There are quite a few on the market that taste similar but are much lower in sodium.  For some people, this can make a big difference.  It is also possible to order prepared food with less salt.  Even when ordering fast foods, you can ask them to hold the salt of the fries.  They will still have a little on them from the cooking, but they can hold off from adding extra.  

Find a Way to Track Your Own Blood Pressure

There are all kinds of products available today for personal use in monitoring blood pressure.  We have one at our home and use it regularly.  It was very affordable and easy to use.  Anytime I see that my blood pressure is a little higher than I feel it should be, I make some adjustments to my lifestyle.  So far, it has worked well.  If you have blood pressure problems, start with monitoring it at home.

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

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