Why is high blood pressure dangerous?
Think of it like this: Your arteries are like a garden hose. When the water is turned on too low it doesn’t travel fast enough and you only get dribbles of water coming out of the nozzle of the hose. This is similar to hypotension or low blood pressure.
When you turn the tap one entire turn, you’ll get a good steady stream of water coming out of the nozzle,. This is similar to what normal blood pressure looks like.
Now, if you turn the tap on forcefully about 3-4 full turns the water will exert high pressure against the inside the wall of the hose causing a forceful jet of water to shoot out of the nozzle. This is what high blood pressure looks like.
What is normal blood pressure?
- Ideal Blood Pressure: A reading of less than 120/80
- Normal Blood Pressure: A reading of 120/80
- High Normal Blood Pressure: A reading of 120/80 to 139/89
- Stage one hypertension: defined as systolic 140-159 mmHg and diastolic of 90-99 mmHg
- Stage Two Hypertension: defines as systolic above 160 mmHg and diastolic above 100 mmHg
Now Let’s Get To 7 Ways You Can NATURALLY Lower Your Blood Pressure
Shed Some Pounds: If you’re overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure. Keeping tabs on your weight regularly and will help lower your blood pressure.
Cut Back on Sugar and Refined Carbohydrates: Try to load up on fruits and vegetables. . Here are some ways I sneak in vegetables in every meal.
Avoid Eating Out Often: It’s no secret that high salt diet elevates your blood pressure. Most Americans consume way too much sodium leading to many people suffering from high blood pressure. We know salt makes food taste better, which is why so many restaurants load their meals with salt. When we go out to eat for every meal we have no control over how much sodium we’re consuming. Try to have 10 of your meals throughout the week prepared at home.
Stop Smoking: Not only does smoking or chewing tobacco immediately raise your blood pressure temporarily, but the chemicals in tobacco can damage the lining of your artery walls. This can cause your arteries to narrow and increase your risk of heart disease. Secondhand smoke also can increase your heart disease risk.
Decrease Your Alcohol Intake: Heavy drinking can damage your heart. Having more than one drink a day for women and more than two drinks a day for men may affect your blood pressure.
Get Moving: Exercising regularly can drop blood pressure 4 to 9 points. The official recommendation is about half an hour of exercise per day. That includes doing housework, using the stairs, carrying your groceries. Exercise also helps blood pressure medications work more effectively.
Decrease Your Stress: The demands of everyday life can be stressful, but learning how to manage it can help decreased your blood pressure. Go for a leisurely stroll, practice yoga, read a book, or watch your favorite comedy. Whatever it is that will help you relax do it on a regular basis to manage your daily stress.
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