High blood pressure can strike at any age, but is more common the older you get. High blood pressuremay cause no symptoms but can do immense harm to the body like it increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. If high blood pressure isn’t controlled with lifestyle change and medicine, it can lead to the above mentioned diseases. High blood pressure is a leading cause of death worldwide, but is easily avoided with a few simply lifestyle changes.
- Keep a heavy weight. Being overweight adds to your risk of high blood pressure.
- Increase your physical activity. Do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, jogging, most days of the week.
- A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products may lower blood pressure.
- All adults over than 20 years should have regular medical check ups.
- Limit alcohol consumption and avoid smoking. Smoking increases your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Use spices and herbs instead of salt to season the food you prepare at home.
- Blood pressure naturally increases when you are under stress and this can’t be easily fought or escaped. So it’s important to discover your own triggers and take steps to reduce them.
- Almost all packaged foods contain sodium. Every time you prepare or eat a packaged food, know how much sodium is in one serving.