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High Blood Pressure May Be From Bad Choices

By Tom Herrin

Some individuals seem fortunate while others seem more prone to problems beyond their control.  Those who may have things such as their health in their own hands don't always follow the best of practices.  It is a bit sad when considering the plight of those who may be left with genetic tendencies for health issues while others seemingly throw away good health due to bad decisions.  The good side of this is that it may be possible for many who have problems with high blood pressure to manage it themselves and avoid taking medications.  Better awareness, discipline, and education may be the key.

Exercise May Help

Most people know that they could use more exercise but still do little to change their practices.  Moderate exercise on a regular basis may be enough to improve blood pressure.  When it comes down to choosing between taking medication and walking a few per day, it would seem that walking would be the better choice.  It could possibly be worked in at lunch or right after work.  Adding exercise may improve blood pressure as well as boost health in other ways.

Cut Back on Caffeine

Many people drink caffeinated beverages every day throughout the day.  In some cases, it can raise blood pressure.  A simple test to see if it affects yours is to try checking blood pressure a few minutes after drinking one of these.  If it raises the numbers, simply changing drinks to some that are low in caffeine, or have no caffeine, may help change blood pressure numbers almost immediately.  In today's beverage market, there are plenty of drinks that fall into these categories, and they come in a large variety of flavors.

Keep Tabs on Your Own Numbers

Checking your own blood pressure is easy.  Most pharmacies have blood pressure machines available for anyone to use.  What may be even better, and more convenient, is to buy a home monitor.  They are relatively inexpensive and very easy to use.  Many of them have features that allow keeping a record of blood pressure numbers for different individuals.  We have had one for several years in our home and use it often.  Anytime I feel that my blood pressure is a little out of range, I will check it.  If it is elevated, I will make some adjustments to what I do, and it seems to correct the problem quickly.

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

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