How You Can Conquer High Blood Pressure Problem

Saturday, December 18th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: Hypertension

Nowadays, a lot of people are facing the problems of high blood pressure and hypertension. Perhaps, this is because of the fast-paced life and the all-round competition that is prevalent now. The stress caused due to such a competitive environment and a wrong lifestyle consisting of injudicious eating and lack of exercises may result in high blood pressure.

You should first understand that blood pressure is not a disease but is a lifestyle problem. This can cause many serious problems like heart ailments, etc. So, it is necessary that you should make a few changes in your lifestyle to avoid getting it or if you have already been affected by it, to bring it under control.

But, before that, you should know what high blood pressure is. When your blood-carrying arteries do not allow blood to flow smoothly, your heart is forced to work harder or exert more pressure to pump blood to all the parts of the body. This is what is called high blood pressure.

– The first thing you should do is to watch your diet. You should switch to a nutritious diet regimen. Fresh fruits, salads, foods made with whole grains and cereals should find more space on your platter than other unhealthy foods. If you are a meat-eater, you must choose only low fat meat. Most importantly, you must reduce your salt intake because salt has been found to increase blood pressure. You must also reduce drinking of alcoholic beverages, coffee, etc. because they may raise your blood pressure if you consume them more. Smoking is another habit that may cause immense damage to the arteries.

– You must take all steps to maintain the right body weight. Overweight and obesity are the main causes for high blood pressure. By following judicious diet and exercise regimens, you can guard against overweight and obesity. If you are already having high blood pressure, you should consult your physician because you may not be allowed to do certain intensive exercises. Most probably, you will be advised to go for a normal walk daily for about 30 to 45 minutes. Keeping your blood pressure under control is as important as burning your calories. You should strike a balance and choose the most appropriate exercises.

– You should have sufficient sleep during the nights. It has been proved that people who are not able to have a good night’s sleep are more likely to be affected by this problem. Even if you are not able to sleep, you should lie down, close your eyes, relax and rest. This will do a world of good to your health.

– Stress and anxiety are great enemies to high blood pressure. You should learn to manage your stress levels. Yoga, meditation and deep breathing may help you to bring your stress levels under control. In most of the cases, anxiety is caused due to a feeling of insecurity. You must learn to analyze things in the proper perspective. For tackling your anxiety, you should learn the technique of acceptance. This means, whenever you face a problem, you should be prepared to face the worst and try to improve upon the situation by taking appropriate action. If you can change the outcome, you should work towards it. If you have no control over the outcome, you should do your best and stop worrying.

The above tips may help you to keep your blood pressure at the right levels. They will also help you to maintain good health even if you already have the problem.