Life these days is all about rushing here and there, with little time for adequate physical exercise or time to prepare a healthy balanced meal. We are all filled with anxiety and stress as we strive to fulfil our work and family commitments daily. The result is that any free time we have is spent “relaxing” at home in front of the television with a ready meal or takeaway and a beer. Taking all this into consideration it is really no surprise that there are vast numbers of people suffering from high blood pressure and related illnesses. The main contributory factors leading to this life threatening condition are mainly diet and lifestyle it is possible however that it can be hereditary.
It is very important that if you are one of the lucky people who have healthy blood pressure that you endeavour to do everything in your power to maintain it. By controlling the the major factors in life which can be the root causes of high blood pressure this should be achievable.
So what lifestyle factors do we have to consider? Here are the major areas to be tackled:
1. Diet is probably one of the most important factors in keeping healthy blood pressure readings. We are all guilty of eating ready meals, fast food and takeaways because they are quick and easy. The truth is that they are usually full of salt, saturated fat, sugar and all manner of additives. If we consume these regularly they will begin to have a detrimental effect on our health. The biggest problem is that these foods often promote obesity which in itself can increase the chances of high blood pressure. The sodium in salt which is often found in high levels is also a huge contributory factor. A balanced diet of freshly prepared meals rich in antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and wholegrain will help maintain healthy blood pressure. It is also highly recommended that alcohol intake is reduced to a minimum.
2. Lack of physical activity is a sure way of increasing our body weight. More and more people spend most of their working day sat at a desk with little or no exercise which does nothing to maintain a healthy the circulatory system. If this is the case taking a stroll during your lunch break instead of eating a sandwich at your desk is a good place to start. To maintain healthy blood pressure it is critical that we make time for some form of exercise, perhaps going for a swim or taking up jogging or simply taking a walk 2 or 3 times a week. Exercise is also really good at relieving stress which is also a factor in the causes of high blood pressure.
3. It is a well documented medical fact that smoking tobacco in any form is seriously detrimental to health and a major cause of heart disease. If you want to avoid such health problems it is in your best interest to give up as soon as possible.
4. Ensuring that adequate daily amounts of nutrients such as magnesium and potassium are taken can be helpful in the fight for healthy blood pressure. Other natural remedies such as celery which is a natural diuretic and garlic in odour free capsule form can also be of some benefit.
A healthy lifestyle is a must when it comes to maintaining healthy blood pressure. By taking the above tips on board you may be able to avoid serious illness and regular visits to the doctor.