Hypertension is a common condition that can lead to serious complications if untreated. Making dietary changes and losing weight are effective treatments for reducing blood pressure.
Other lifestyle changes that can help to reduce blood pressure include stopping smoking, reducing stress, reducing alcohol consumption, and exercising regularly.
Lifestyle Changes to Treat High Blood Pressure:
- Losing weight if you are overweight or obese.
- Quitting smoking.
- Eating a healthy diet, including (eating more fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products, less saturated and total fat).
- Potassium is an important nutrient for the body, especially for the maintenance of high blood pressure.
- Reducing the amount of sodium in your diet. Instead of cooking with salt, use fresh herbs for delicious flavor.
- Avoid canned, prepackaged, or processed foods.
- Getting regular exercise at least 30 minutes a day, (several days a week). Pick an activity you enjoy and can stick with. Go for a daily walk, run, or play a sport.
- Avoid alcohol.