WHAT PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE NEED TO KNOW...
Things you can do to lower it without taking any medication
LOSE WEIGHT AND WATCH YOUR WAISTLINE Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing just 10lb (4.5kg) can help reduce your blood pressure.
EAT A HEALTHY DIET Eating a diet that is rich in wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products can lower your blood pressure.
This eating plan is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
EXERCISE REGULARLY Thirty minutes most days of the week can lower your blood pressure but be consistent because if you stop, your blood pressure can rise again. LOWER YOUR STRESS LEVELS Chronic stress is an important contributor to high blood pressure. Think about what causes you to feel stressed then
consider how you can eliminate or reduce your stress levels.
REDUCE SODIUM IN YOUR DIET Even a small reduction in sodium can reduce blood pressure so choose low-sodium alternatives.
QUIT SMOKING Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure. Quitting smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal.