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Blood Pressure: When It's High and How to Lower It

By Stephen R. Farris

Is your blood pressure normal, or do you fluctuate? 

The readings of blood pressure levels in the body have changed over the last decade as to what's normal and what is considered high. Blood pressure readings are divided. The top reading (systolic) is the higher number in a blood pressure reading, while the bottom number (diastolic) is a lower number. A normal blood pressure reading was considered 120/80 for decades. Now it's considered normal if your reading is under that, such as 110/70, for example. 

There are several levels of blood pressure readings, and the higher they are the more dangerous it can be for your heart and arteries. An elevated blood pressure reading is in a range of 120-129/70; high blood pressure (hypertension stage 1) is a reading of 130-139/80-89; hypertension at a stage 2 level is a reading of 140 (or higher) over 90 (or higher), and anything above that should be an indicator to see your doctor immediately.

With 7.674 billion (as of 2019) people living on our planet, a little over 1 billion people suffer from some form of high blood pressure. Most have been prescribed medication to help normalize it or at least bring it down a notch or two. If medication is not what you'd like to experience, then consider making a few lifestyle changes and reduce your high blood pressure symptoms the natural way.

Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

Most of us reach for the caffeine drinks (coffee, energy drinks, sodas, etc.) first thing in the morning to basically help give us a quick boost for work or school. These drinks can cause a sudden spike in our blood pressure levels, especially if you're more sensitive than others to caffeine. Like most things in life, moderation is the key. Caffeine is one of those items that should be consumed in moderation as it can actually offer a few health benefits, including lowering your risk for heart disease. However, if it seems to elevate your heart rate and blood pressure levels eat time you consume caffeine products, then you probably should consider reducing your intake.

Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress can play a key role in blood pressure by elevating it. That's why you should work to reduce the amount of stress in your life. This can be difficult to do in our fast-paced world since we're often hit with demanding deadlines from our bosses, taking our kids from one event to the other on a daily basis, finances, bills, the list can go on and on. The good news is there are a few things you can try to help reduce your stress levels, even when dealing with life in general. Listening to music is one of them. What's more relaxing than listening to your favorite, soothing playlist of music with the headphones on? If possible, reduce the amount of work you do. Try not to take on more projects than you can handle, and remember, saying no can be a good thing.

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

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