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Ways to Lower Blood Pressure without Medication

If you are thinking about not using medication it is important to discuss this with your doctor in advance. If you have dangerously high blood pressure you may need to take medication and other remedies may not be the best course of action. However all of the options in this article can also be used alongside your medication and your doctor will be able to give you more advice. Below is a list of things that could possibly help you:

  1. Diet - it is important to assess your diet fully. A diet high in fruit and vegetables can really help to lower your blood pressure. It is also a good idea to include more fibre and less fat in your diet and to avoid eating junk food. It is also a good idea to monitor your calorie intake and try to keep it to the recommended levels of 2000 for a woman and 2500 for a man.

  2. Salt - a high amount of salt in your diet is one of the things that can cause high blood pressure. For that reason it is a good idea to lower your salt intake. Ready meals can be very high in salt so it is important to check the labels before buying any processed foods. The best way to control your salt intake is to cook your own food fresh and limit the salt you add. You should also not add food to your meal after it has been cooked.

  3. Sugar - eating sugar can cause the body to retain water and also to disrupt the metabolism of insulin in the body. Both of these changes can help to contribute to your high blood pressure. So it is a good idea to reduce your sugar intake, avoid sugary snacks and drinks.

  4. Red Meat - it has been widely accepted that eating red meat too often can contribute to high blood pressure. It is a good idea to try and cut red meat out of your diet and replace it with white meat. It is also thought that a vegetarian diet can significantly help to reduce your blood pressure so you could consider this and replace your meat with low fat soya and Quorn products.

  5. Saturated Fat - eating too much saturated fat can increase blood pressure. For that reason it is a good idea to replace your fats with things like olive oil of vegetable oils and avoiding products like butter and lard.

  6. Alcohol - excessive drinking can increase your blood pressure so you should at least limit your alcohol intake to recommended levels. However in some cases it may be best to give up alcohol completely.

  7. Exercise - this can be one of the best ways to help reduce your blood pressure. If you are not used to exercise then you should start small with brisk walks regularly so as to not put too much pressure on your body. You may also find that yoga could be a useful exercise to take up.

  8. Stress - you may not be aware of it but stress is one of the biggest contributors to high blood pressure. So it is a good idea to try and reduce the stress in your life. There are also things you can do to help you cope with stress better which include things like meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong.

The above are all suggestions of things that will help however it is still a good idea to visit your doctor on a regular basis so they can monitor your condition and advise you on changes you may need to make to your lifestyle.

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