There are ways to lower your blood pressure without medication. Through diet and lifestyle changes you can bring your numbers down to a more acceptable level. First, it’s important to know exactly what your blood pressure numbers mean. Visit this website for useful information.
Your blood pressure indicates how much pressure is being put on your arteries by the blood flowing through them. For instance, if you are overweight or your arteries are clogged, the harder the blood will have to fight to travel through them. This can cause high blood pressure. Proper nutrition and regular exercise can help you avoid clogged arteries, obesity and many other health issues.
What do the numbers mean?
When measuring your blood pressure, 2 numbers are used. The systolic-or top-reading indicates how much pressure is applied when your heart beats and forces the blood through the arteries. The bottom number-or the diastolic reading-is how much pressure is being exerted when your heart rests in between beats.
In a healthy human being a normal blood pressure reading would be a top number that is not over 120 and a bottom number that is not over 80. Anything that reads above 120 over 80 should be monitored by your doctor.
It’s not easy to change the way you live and eat overnight. Start introducing the right foods gradually:
- For a week or so, instead of taking unhealthy foods away, just add better choices to your diet. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products are excellent choices.
- Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, potassium and magnesium-all of which will help lower your blood pressure.
- As you get used to buying fresh, less processed food and preparing meals with these healthier options, start cutting back on foods high in fat, starch and cholesterol.
- Cut back on salt, or better yet, don’t add salt to your food at all, as sodium is a major contributor to high blood pressure.
- Eating foods high in potassium-such as bananas, avocados and kidney beans-will help ease the effect that salt has on your blood pressure.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Beer is very high in carbohydrates and liquors are high in sugar, neither of which is good in excess.