by Susan Schachter June 14, 2020 3 min read
Receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure can be pretty overwhelming, especially when faced with the prospect of having to rely on medication. If you’ve started a medication regimen, then you may have already noticed the unpleasant side effects.
The good news is that many people do not have to be on blood pressure medication for the rest of their lives. With these five simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your blood pressure at home and look forward to a healthier life.
If you’ve been researching what to do for high blood pressure at home, then you probably already know about the importance of exercising regularly. But how much exercise is enough?
For the average person, we recommend getting at least 150 mins/week of moderate exercise, or 75 mins/week of intense exercise. This is one of the best ways to reduce your high blood pressure naturally.
If you’re new to exercising, you can even start out with walking. Ultimately, it’s best to choose an activity that you actually enjoy and can stick with, because once you stop exercising regularly, your high blood pressure may creep up again.
Reducing your alcohol intake can improve your blood pressure in a few ways. First, cutting back on alcohol means fewer calories consumed, which may lead to weight loss. As you may know, being at a higher weight can increase your risk of complications from high blood pressure.
Not only that, but alcohol may interfere with any blood pressure medications that you’re taking.
Also, just a few drinks are enough to temporarily raise your blood pressure, and repeated bouts of excessive drinking can result in long-term changes to your blood pressure levels. Try to limit yourself to no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women, or two drinks per day for men.
You may think that managing stress is easier said than done, but just a few changes to your daily lifestyle can have major effects on your blood pressure levels. Consider incorporating the following into your daily routine:
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