Maintaining a Healthy Blood Pressure & Keeping it Healthy!

It’s critical for your heart health that you work on achieving and maintaining  a healthy blood pressure.  The best time to work on this is before you even develop high blood pressure, but if you’ve already been diagnosed, it’s not too late to start.

First, avoid tobacco products.  If you’ve never smoked, don’t start. And if you’re a smoker, or you use smokeless tobacco there’s no time like the present to stop.  This is one habit that can cause you to have high blood pressure and many other health problems.

Make sure that you get regular exercise.  It’s recommended that you get thirty minutes to an hour of exercise daily.  This doesn’t mean you have to join a gym.  Even taking a daily walk can do amazing things for your heart health.

Likewise it’s important to eat a healthy diet.  It’s been well documented that a diet low in sodium can help you to maintain healthy blood pressure.  It’s important to choose low sodium foods and skip the extra salt on your food – most foods already contain plenty.

Eating  a healthy diet also helps you to maintain a healthy weight, and that can lead to healthy blood pressure, also.  The best way to maintain a healthy weight through nutrition is to eat lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables, and plenty of healthy fats from plant sources.

Another aspect of achieving and maintaining a healthy blood pressure is managing your stress levels.  People who have a high stress lifestyle often have higher blood pressure as well.  There are a few things you can do to manage stress.

  • First, get rid of activities that are really optional.  Many people experience stress because they create it by filling life with too many activities.  Prioritize and do only those things that are most important.
  • Even the best people at time management will still experience some forms of stress.  To combat that, you need to work on techniques to minimize the effects of stress. Exercise is one way to do that.  You can also practice making sure to get enough sleep each night.
  • Meditation and Yoga are also helpful involvements when it comes to managing your stress.  It’s important, too, that you spend time doing activities you enjoy, and that allow your mind to relax, i.e. –  enjoying a hobby or spending time with friends.

Besides your blood pressure, living a healthy lifestyle can help you to have more energy and feel and look better.  Achieving and maintaining a healthy blood pressure can often be done through healthy lifestyle choices.

Whatever you choose to do,  stay active, stay involved,  and smile a lot!