Blood Pressure (BP) refers to the pressure of blood as it flows through your body's arteries.
But when there is an exertion to pass through the vessels, the body's blood pressure is raised. BP is measured by two numbers — 120/80. The first number measures how effective your heart is at pumping blood around the arteries. The second measures how efficiently your heart relaxes between beats. Those who have blood pressure over 140/90 (or more), it increases their chances of different types of ailments like strokes, kidney failure and heart disease. Here's how you can lower the risks of high blood pressure...
- Reducing alcohol consumption is the most important thing to do if you want to get your BP under control. Whether you drink alcohol regularly or go on a binge drinking spree, the damage is immense. Limit consumption.
- Make sure your food is not very salty. Salt may add taste to your food but can also be detrimental to your blood pressure by causing fatty deposits to form in your arteries. Reduce salt in your diet and see the difference.
- Whether you want to lose weight or stay in shape, exercising is a must. Follow an exercise routine and stick to it. It will improve flexibility, stamina and keep you healthy.
- Increase your potassium intake because potassium helps balance the water in your body, besides controlling acidity. Potassium helps regulate blood flow through your arteries to feed muscles with oxygen. Foods like bananas, potatoes, cucumber, oranges, cabbage, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, and broccoli are rich with potassium.
- If you're a smoker, you need to quit ASAP. Smoking is known for increasing BP because the tar and fumes damage blood cells and vessels.
- Make sure your diet has a fair amount fruits and vegetables in it. These are rich in nutrients, essential minerals and vitamins.
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