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Simple Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be an issue long before it is ever diagnosed. One of the reasons for that is blood pressure can spike suddenly, and return to normal quickly. Stress, exertion, excitement, or fright can raise blood pressure temporarily. It is only when the disease is more serious that the blood pressure remains high, and is finally detected by a doctor. Those who get annual check-ups may be aware of the disease before it becomes deadly, but many people are only diagnosed after a heart attack or stroke.

There are a few simple ways people can avoid high blood pressure, or lower it before it becomes serious. Cutting down on caffeine is one way to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Caffeine is a stimulant that raises blood pressure. Too much can be harmful. Releasing stress will also help lower pressure. Relaxing, meditation, gardening, painting, or any other hobby or activity that is enjoyed will help release stress.

Regular exercise also lowers blood pressure because it keeps blood circulating and strengthens the heart muscle. It is important for people to note the difference between exertion and exercise. Deciding to suddenly participate in strenuous activity is exertion. The body is not used to it and can react severely. Regular exercise can begin slowly with a walk, some light weightlifting, or an exercise class. Building up strength and stamina gradually improves health, while exertion can cause injury or kill you in extreme cases.

Certain foods are also known to lower blood pressure when used often. Spices, such as cardamom, basil, cinnamon, and garlic help to lower blood pressure. Hibiscus tea is also a natural way to maintain a healthy pressure. Potassium-rich foods, like melon, avocado, mushrooms, sweet potato, and bananas, for example, promote a healthy heart. Adding citrus fruit, more vegetables, and grains to a diet can also help. People can find a plethora of heart healthy recipes online to make nutritious food delicious as well.

High blood pressure can be the result of poor nutrition and stress, but it is also hereditary. If high blood pressure runs in the family, healthy eating, regular exercise, and releasing stress can prevent the situation from becoming serious. It is wise to visit a doctor regularly to keep track of blood pressure. Depending on the circumstances, medication may be needed to control blood pressure. A healthy lifestyle will help, but may not be a substitute for medical attention.