Life­style changes

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Tm Expert Advisors -

Be­low are some changes you could make to your life­style to re­duce high blood pres­sure. Some of th­ese will lower your blood pres­sure in a mat­ter of weeks, oth­ers may take longer. Cut your salt in­take to less than 6g (0.2oz) a day. Find out how you can re­duce the amount of salt in your diet. Eat a healthy, low-fat, bal­anced diet, in­clud­ing plenty of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. Get tips on eat­ing more healthily. Be ac­tive: be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do to pre­vent or con­trol high blood pres­sure. Get tips on be­ing more ac­tive. Cut down on al­co­hol. Get tips on cut­ting down, down­load a drinks di­ary and keep track of your drink­ing. Lose weight. Find out what your ideal weight is us­ing the BMI healthy weight cal­cu­la­tor. Stop smok­ing. Smok­ing greatly in­creases your chances of get­ting heart and lung dis­eases. Get help quit­ting. Drink less cof­fee, tea or other caf­feine-rich drinks such as cola. Drink­ing more than four cups of cof­fee a day may in­crease your blood pres­sure. You can take th­ese steps to­day, re­gard­less of whether or not you’re tak­ing blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tion. You don’t need a doc­tor to pre­scribe life­style changes. The more healthy habits you adopt, the greater ef­fect there is likely to be on your blood pres­sure. In fact, some peo­ple find that, by stick­ing to a healthy life­style, they do not need to take any medicines at all. Find out more about pre­vent­ing high blood pres­sure.

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