“The Silent Killer.” Did you know that this is the nickname for high blood pressure? The reason high blood pressure has this nickname is because people often don’t notice they have high blood pressure until it is too severe and they suffer major complications; oftentimes this can lead to death. This is why it is so important to have an annual checkup at a doctor’s office just to make sure all your vitals look normal. High blood pressure won’t pose a serious threat to your health if it is caught sooner rather than later because there are so many effective medications that can treat high blood pressure and keep it under control.
There are, however, some remedies and tricks that you can use to help prevent high blood pressure or keep your blood pressure regulated. So, in honor of National Blood Pressure Month this May, take a look at which of these you could be doing to better your quality of life!
1. Exercise often.
Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can significantly improve your blood pressure readings. Get active, and stay active!
2. Eat a little healthier.
You don’t have to change your entire diet, but add in some healthier foods. While you’re at it, toss some of the unhealthy ones! Your blood pressure will thank you.
3. Cut out smoking, and limit alcohol use.
Smoking and excessive drinking are major contributors to high blood pressure. Talk with your doctor for tips on how to cut these two out of your daily routine.
4. Reduce your stress
Easier said than done, right? Find ways that help you destress, and work on incorporating those into your daily routine. Also, pinpoint the things that cause you the most stress and explore ways to either get those stressors out of your life or how to healthily cope with them. Meditation, yoga, music, exercising, and finding a new hobby are all great ways people have found to reduce their stress.
We hope that you take some of these tips to heart and that you see a doctor for a checkup in honor of National Blood Pressure Month! Visit your local First Care Clinic any day of the week!