Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is quite common. This isn’t great news because when your blood pressure is high, your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke dramatically increases. As if that weren’t scary enough, you could have hypertension and not realize it. That’s why it’s known as the silent killer. For that reason, it’s highly recommended to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
While there are blood pressure-lowering medications available, before going down this route, it’s better to start by implementing proven natural strategies. Besides, who needs one more pill to take — along with all its side effects?
These 6 proven strategies can go a long way in helping you avoid hypertension all together, but if you already have it — they can still help you get those numbers down…
1. Exercise regularly
You’re probably aware that regular exercise has heart-healthy benefits. That’s because it directly impacts your cardiovascular system. Just by doing 30 minutes of exercise per day you can reduce blood pressure by an average 4 to 9 mmHg for both systolic and diastolic measurements. If you can’t do 30 minutes all at once, break it up into 10-minute sessions because even shorter sessions have been shown to provide similar benefits.
Best of all, both aerobic (walking/ cycling) and anaerobic (weight/ resistance training) exercise can be used to achieve these results.