Hypertension is another word for high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs when your blood cannot flow through your body correctly. High blood pressure is caused by stress, a diet high in fat and sugar, lack of physical activity, unhealthy weight, too many salty foods, stress, and smoking.
You might be thinking, “Hypertension. Why should I care about that? I’m not old.” While it is true that the elderly have the highest risk for hypertension, young people can also get it. In addition to that, the choices you make now influence your risk of getting hypertension when you are older. You don’t have to be one of those people who regret how they treated their bodies when they were young.
Getting rid of just a few of the triggers that lead to hypertension can lower your risk now and later and life. Try these easy changes to lower your risk for high blood pressure:
Get your groove on! Get moving a few times a week to elevate your heart rate and burn calories. You don’t need to join a gym to get fit. Simple activities, such as jogging, lifting weights or joining a sport can help get your heart rate moving and increase blood flow. Even dancing in your bedroom or at the club will reduce your risk for hypertension.
Reduce salt intake: Do you add extra salt to your food? This practice can lead to serious problems. Try seasoning your food with pepper or other spices. Leave the salt out of your food once or twice a week. If you eat a lot of fast food, skip the fries once or twice a week or ask for fries without salt.
Relax! Stress can quickly lead to hypertension. Say “no” when possible to avoid extra work. Space out work or assignments to prevent overload. Get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and relax. Try drinking warm tea or taking a hot bath or shower.
Avoid smoking and drinking: Smoking and drinking can quickly cause your blood pressure to rise. Reduce or eliminate these elements from your life to lower your risk for hypertension.
Try supplements: Some vitamin or mineral supplements may help lower your blood pressure. Fish oil, calcium, potassium and magnesium are helpful supplements. Always consult with a doctor before adding any supplements to your diet. You can also try eating foods that naturally contain these ingredients, such as bananas, milk, nuts and fish.
Changing just a few elements of your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in your life today and in the future. You don’t have to become a health nut to stay well and feel great. Try changing one thing once a week or month. You will feel better, look amazing and be as healthy as you deserve.