With the high-paced life that so many are living, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that approximately 67 million Americans are currently suffering from high blood pressure. Believe it or not that is 1 out of every 3 people in the United States that are battling this epidemic (source).
What is even more surprising is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only half of the people suffering from high blood pressure currently have it under control. Is it a lack of education or a lack of urgency that causes so many to ignore this potentially deadly condition?
There are many ways to control high blood pressure but it will take some commitment and a change in your current lifestyle.
Most Effective Ways to Control High Blood Pressure
Of course, you will have your obvious methods such as proper exercise and diet; however, there are other things that can be done to get this condition under control.
Reduce Your Stress
Minimizing your stress will go a long way in controlling your blood pressure. Now, could be a good time to take up fishing, meditation, Yoga or some other relaxing activity. Don’t forget to set boundaries at work to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
There is no question that smoking raises blood pressure so it is important to limit exposure to second hand smoke. Obviously, if you are a smoker then it may be time to employ some strategies to cut back and eventually quit smoking all together.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
The best way to control this condition is to regularly monitor your blood pressure. It is pretty easy to get at home medical equipment, so there is no excuse. Pick up an upper arm monitor and track your blood pressure on a regular basis. Write down the results and see if you can determine what might be causing any sudden spikes.
Research has discovered that taking coenzyme Q10 on a regular basis significantly reduced blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about this an option to help get everything under control.
Become a Tea Drinker
Believe it or not, researchers from Tufts University have shown that drinking 3 cups of hibiscus tea daily will lower your systolic blood pressure by 7 points within a 6 week time period. Incredibly, you would see similar results if you were on the standard blood pressure medication. Now is a good time to become a tea drinker.
These are just a few ways to get your blood pressure under control. Having high blood pressure should be taken seriously as it can have many negative effects on your quality of life. Now is the time to make a few changes in your lifestyle, lower your blood pressure and regain control of your life.
If you would like more information on controlling your blood pressure, check out this extensive guide released by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It will provide you with everything you need to know to reduce your blood pressure.
Here is to a new and improved way of life.