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5 Ways To Keep Your Blood Pressure In Check

5 Ways To Keep Your Blood Pressure In Check

5 Ways to Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart and kidney diseases, stroke and heart failure.


Lifestyle plays an important role in keeping your blood pressure in check.  Here we show you 5 lifestyle changes you can adapt to a healthier blood pressure.


  1. Regular Exercise

People who are physically active regularly – at least 30 minutes most days of the week – have decreased risk of getting high blood pressure.


  1. Watch the Sodium

Do you know that a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can reduce your blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg?  If you feel that you can’t drastically reduce the sodium in your diet, cut back gradually and your body will adjust over time.


  1. Quit Smoking

The nicotine in cigarette raises blood pressure and heart rate, narrows the arteries.  People who quit smoking can have significant increase in their life expectancy.


  1. Limit the alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol will cause your blood pressure to rise.  Limiting your alcohol intake to no more than two drinks a day can keep your blood pressure in check.


  1. Healthy Diet

A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 mm Hg.  It helps to go easy on the saturated fat and cholesterol intake as well.