High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic diseases in the US. It’s estimated that 1 in every 3 adults have high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of the blood on the walls of our blood vessels. When our blood pressure stays high for too long, it can damage the blood vessels and lead to other health problems. A normal, healthy blood pressure is 120/80 or below. If you have high blood pressure, medication can be helpful, but there are plenty of lifestyle changes you can make too!
–Lose a Little Weight:If you’re overweight or obese, small amounts of weight loss (10-20 pounds) can help lower blood pressure.
–Limit you Salt Intake:Try to limit high salt foods like cured meats, canned foods, and salty seasoning blends.
-Alcohol and Tobacco:Regular smoking and drinking are bad news for heart health and blood pressure. If moderation is challenging for you, consider quitting. Go to: https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/top-tips-for-quitting-smoking.html
-Exercise:Regular exercise and movement help keep blood pressure in check.
–Reduce Stress:Stress effects our entire body! Reducing stressors and finding healthy ways to unwind can help lower your blood pressure.