Okay, I couldn't resist making that little rhyme in the title of today's message. But lowering your blood pressure, naturally, is something I promised to talk to you about in yesterday's message. Just a reminder, that message was all about how consuming too much salt is one of the major culprits in raising your blood pressure. If you're African-American, if it runs in your family, if you're an older adult or if you're overweight or obese, your chances for having high blood pressure are automatically higher. And even though high blood pressue, on its own, has very few symptoms, it can lead to a number of serious medical issues, including heart disease.
There're some things YOU can do to help naturally lower your blood pressure.
If you do happen to have high blood pressure, chances are, your doctor has you taking medication to help control it. But, besides the pills, there are some things YOU can do that will help naturally lower your blood pressure. The first thing you should concentrate on, if you're overweight or obese, is to lose the extra weight. It's one surefire way for most people to lower their blood pressure numbers. But I've got some other tools that will help lower and control your blood pressure. So listen up.
GET MORE EXERCISE. A dedicated exercise program will slow your heart rate by putting less pressure on your arteries. That by itself will help lower your blood pressure and help you better control your weight, too. (No surprise there, right?)
EAT WHOLE FOODS. Nutrients like potassium, found in bananas and lots of other produce, can help balance the amount of blood-pressure-elevating sodium in your body. I told you yesterday to try cooking at home more often. Restaurant food, especially fast-foods and processed foods are usually loaded with sodium. By preparing your own meals at home, you'll be better able to control the amount of salt that goes into your foods.
Watch you alcohol consumption.
WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION. Cutting back on the number of drinks you have can help lower your blood pressure. Moderation is the key. If you are a drinker, remember, you should be having no more than a drink a day, for women and two per day for men, if your aim is to help control your blood pressure.
TRY TO DE-STRESS. When people with heart disease took time for a little daily meditation, according to one study, they were 48% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. So try not to get yourself all worked up over life's little worries or the big ones either, for that matter. Make an effort to find some quiet time each day to simply relax, soothe yourself and be calm. Your blood pressure loves it.
So, there you have it. A few tips to help keep your blood pressure under control. I want to repeat the three things that will help you the most: Lose weight. Exercise daily. Watch the amount of salt you use on your foods. Do those three things, plus try my other tips and, who knows, you may be able to lower your blood pressure enough that your doctor could end up taking you off blood pressure medication altogether. Now, that would be really good news, wouldn't you agree? Oh, sure you would...NATURAL-LEE!