How to keep your high blood pressure in check

How to keep your high blood pressure in check

High blood pressure, a condition medically known as hypertension, can be fatal if left untreated.

Experts aver that a change in lifestyle including diet and exercise can make a huge difference.

According to the American Heart Association, there are six steps that you can follow to keep your blood pressure under control.

  1. Watch your salt

Eating too much salt makes the body have too much fluid. The salt absorbs fluid needed for normal functions of the body.

Avoid salty foods such as ready-made-soups and condiments; spice or sauce added to food after cooking.

2. Reduce alcohol intake

Moderate alcohol consumption is advised.

Doctors advise that men limit to two alcoholic drinks a day and women one.

3. Stop smoking

Smoking damages heart vessels and hardens the arteries which are critical in controlling blood pressure.

4. Exercise regularly and eat well

You need to stick to a healthy diet depending on your weight, height and age.

Blood pressure UK advises increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Regular physical exercise keeps blood arteries in good condition and allows blood to circulate freely.

5. Check blood pressure regularly

The American Heart Association also recommends checking your blood pressure regularly. This allows you to track your progress.

Lastly, use prescribed medication, if any.

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