Blood pressure may not be at the front of your mind until you’re sat in the doctors and getting the bad news. But with this health issue there are ways to reduce blood pressure naturally and if you’re not suffering from high or even low blood pressure here are our top 5 tips on how to keep it healthy.
1. Know your blood pressure.
If you haven’t already pop into your GP or pharmacy and get it checked out. It’s free to do and only takes a few minutes.
2. Get more sleep.
Sleep really does help your body repair itself. This is where your pancreas kicks in and starts to help repair your body. There is no right answer as to how much sleep you need. Everyone is different. The guideline is min 7-8 hours, but as we are all different they have now reduced this to a min of 5 hours. Any less than five hours on a regular basis puts you at a much higher risk of hypertension (aka high blood pressure) which leads to clogged arteries, heart attacks and in worst case scenario, death.
3. Eat less salt.
Salt forces the body to retain fluid and the extra fluid puts pressure on our bodies which raises blood pressure and puts our cardiovascular system and kidneys under extreme pressure. If you’re working out, eat a banana and have plenty of water or squash to help your body release water to hydrate your organs. We still need salt, but only 1.3grams per day
4. Boost potassium levels.
Potassium helps keep blood pressure stable. We need around 8grams a day which is the equivalent to 15 bananas, but only seem to consume around 1.5grams.
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5. Exercise regularly.
Not only does a good exercise regime make you look and fell good, it does wonders for your blood pressure and additional hormone levels including stress as we mentioned in our recent article on reducing stress through fitness and good food. Try some cardiovascular exercise where you get yourself out of breath, so long as you’re not feeling light headed or sharp pains in your chest, this is a good thing for your body as it makes the heart work harder which strengthens it and makes it more efficient at pumping blood around the body, which in turn lowers blood pressure. Now do you see why so many people have kicked up their levels of fitness and taking real pride in their performance – it’s not all for looking “ripped”