There is an astounding amount of American adults that have high blood pressure, perhaps even more than you might think. According to the CDC’s facts about blood pressure, 67 million adults suffer from high blood pressure (1 in 3). Blood pressure accounts as either the primary cause, or contributing cause, of 348,000 deaths (2009 statistic). So, what can we do about it? There are plenty of ways to reduce blood pressure without medication:
Eat Healthier: Eating healthy is simply the best way to reduce blood pressure significantly. However, this doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself, or even give up those favorite foods altogether; it only means that you should incorporate healthier foods into your diet.
Exercise: exercise is going to be an immensely positive factor in regards to blood pressure. If you’re regularly working out, and eating healthier, you will naturally begin to lose weight causing your blood pressure to plummet.
Cut Back on Sodium: Americans tend to overindulge on sodium, eating a significant amount more than they should.
Limit or Cut Out Completely: Tobacco Use, Drinking Alcohol, and Caffeine Intake. All negatively affect blood pressure.
- Reduce Stress: Surprisingly, stress can be a risk factor for high blood pressure and other succeeding issues (heart disease).