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How to Manage Your Blood Pressure

By Virginia Laird

Blood pressure is an important part in the health of the body. Millions across the nation suffer with high blood pressure. This health issue has most turning to the use of medication to solve the problem. While medication has its value, often the side effects can be harsh. Health and wellness experts have suggested there are several ways to improve blood pressure without the need for medication. although it is important to know that some medication may be necessary until you have figured out the right routine to solve the issue. Some of these tips include:

  • Drop a few pounds
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Reduce your stress

Dropping a Few Pounds Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

Being overweight is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure. Losing as few as five pounds can help lower it. While some may feel that the battle to lose weight may not be one worth fighting, there are several small things that can be done to affect one’s overall weight. A few things to do to help with weight loss include:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get enough sleep
  • Make exercise a priority

If you are serious about your weight loss, consider making a few changes in your routine.

Limiting Alcohol Consumption Can Improve Blood Pressure

Although many enjoy a nice glass of wine after a long day of work, it is important to know that alcohol can have a harmful effect on the blood pressure. Although one adult beverage may not hurt your health, overdoing it can prove to wreak havoc. Healthcare experts advise those who struggle with blood pressure issues should rely on water as their beverage of choice. Proper hydration is one of the best ways to help regulate blood pressure. It is advised you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces daily.

Reducing Stress is Beneficial to Blood Pressure

Stress can be one thing that can prove to be detrimental to maintaining healthy blood pressure. Although there is little you can do to avoid stress, there are some things you can do to help manage it. Health and wellness experts advise adding routine exercise to your day. Research suggests that as little as 20 minutes of exercise can help lower stress levels. These professionals also advise it is best to get plenty of sleep. Many experts suggest that the average adult should get a minimum of at least six hours of sleep each night.

With these tips, hopefully you are able to begin managing your blood pressure with minimum assistance from medication. Good luck!

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

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