Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure
May is National Blood Pressure Month, which seeks to raise awareness about the impact of hypertension. Blood pressure is the pressure in your blood vessels. With a normal amount of blood, a healthy heart and elastic blood vessels, you’ll experience a normal blood pressure. Low blood pressure can make you feel dizzy, but it is usually harmless and can result in dehydration. High blood pressure is the result of an increased amount of liquid and salt in the blood, and can cause long-term damage. Raised blood pressure can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. That’s why this month, we’re sharing with you some of our top tips on how to keep your blood pressure in check!
Maintain a healthy weight: Strive for a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9.
Eat healthier: Load up on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and seeds. Cut back on saturated fat and animal-based proteins which are loaded with cholesterol.
Reduce sodium: Ideally, stay under 1,500 mg a day, but aim for at least a 1,000 mg per day reduction. Remember to look at the sodium content in frozen meals and pre-packaged foods.
Get moving: Exercise can help keep you healthy. Aim for at least 90 to 150 minutes of aerobic and/or dynamic resistance exercise per week.
Limit alcohol: Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your blood pressure by several points. Drink no more than 1-2 drinks a day. (One for most women, two for most men.)
Quit smoking: Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. Ditching the habit can help your blood pressure return to normal.
Reduce your stress: Chronic stress can contribute to high blood pressure. If you can’t eliminate your stressors, learn to cope with them in a healthy way through meditation, relaxation, and changing your expectations.
Are you making better choices for your health this month? For all of your insurance needs this season, contact the team at Humble & Davenport Insurance.