Follow my surefire ways to lower your blood pressure in just weeks
As someone who's had high blood pressure for years, I knew it was time to make a lifestyle change and lower it. My blood pressure wasn't high due to a health condition... it was high due to my unhealthy lifestyle. I wasn’t as active as I should be, didn’t eat as healthy as I should, had some unwanted weight I needed to shed and I was a smoker.
I decided it was time to make a change and when I did, I saw that I was able to lower my blood pressure in just a few weeks by making these easy lifestyle changes.
Hypertension can lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and more. If you have high blood pressure, try my tips now!
Changed diet: Too much sodium in your body can cause you to retain fluid, therefore increasing your blood pressure. My husband and I ate out a lot and ate a lot of processed foods with a ton of sodium. I now pay more attention to food labels, eat more potassium and protein, have cut out fast food and make sure to buy foods with lower sodium. We also are now cooking for ourselves more and using less salt. I also cut out soda, which is huge.
Became more active: Being active wasn’t always a high priority on my list. Therefore, it caused me to gain unnecessary weight. I shed about 15 pounds and made a workout schedule for myself, stuck to it, and got in shape!
QUIT SMOKING! Being a smoker is a huge contributor to high blood pressure. And while it was one of the hardest things to do, I quit smoking. In just days after quitting, my numbers went down. That just goes to show how dangerous smoking is.
Cut down on coffee and went for the tea: I was a huge coffee drinker but all that caffeine took a toll on me. I also enjoy the taste of coffee. So, I went for decaf coffee and decaf tea.
Did my own readings: Instead of finding out my blood pressure numbers at the doctor once a year, I bought a machine and tested at home. I did it at the same time everyday and now I do it three times in a row. That way, I was able to get a much more accurate reading.
Meditation: I was never one to meditate but I decided to give it a try. Stress can also lead to hypertension and even though I didn’t think I was stressed, I probably was a little. I got myself into a meditation schedule and can’t tell you how I relaxed I feel.
Some of these tips may seem obvious, but we also didn’t think about them. If you grab some food at the drive thru, light a cigarette or sip your favorite coffee, you’re probably not thinking about what it’s doing to your blood pressure. Although my levels weren’t dangerously high, they weren’t considered normal either. In just weeks, making these small changes, my numbers are normal and I feel great. Even my doctor is impressed.