Hypertension and heart conditions require people worldwide to take tonnes of pills. But there are things you can do lifestyle-wise and diet-wise that can reduce your hypertension and your need to take so many meds.
Exercise more. This means 30 minutes per day.
Eat bananas. Potassium counters the ill effects of sodium on you blood pressure.
Cut out a lot of salt. Salt can kill you, it seems. You should take less than 1,500 mgs of salt per day. Most of the salt you are eating already is coming from your food — especially those processed foods you eat — not the salt you add on top from the shaker.
Stop smoking. Smoking causes temporary spikes in BP, but it doesn’t cause chronic hypertension on its own. What does is thought to be related factors, like alcohol consumption and lack of exercise.
Lose weight. Dropping just a few pounds can drop your blood pressure levels, according to a lot of studies. It also lessens your cardio workload.
Cut down alcohol consumption. Drinking has health benefits, if its a drink or two, it seems. But heavy drinking can elevate BP in some people. That is, you may not want to drink more than 2 glasses per day.
Stress reduction. This will reduce BP.
Yoga. This is because it reduces stress, improves breathing, and improves heart rates. What Yoga can’t do is give your body the aerobic exercise it needs.
Skip caffeine. Coffee and tea do some good things for you, but they don’t help your BP. Not drinking over 2 cups per day is an advised rule.
Meditate. There are various kinds. IT helps you feel good and improves breathing and other things.