Steps to control Blood Pressure at home
Updated On : October 7, 2016 8:18 pm
Read to know the measures that can be taken at home to control Blood Pressure..
Start losing weight
Blood pressure increases when your body weight increases. Patients who are obese face lot of difficulty in breathing while they are asleep which further raises their blood pressure. Weight loss is very effective way to control blood pressure. Apart from losing weight, keep an eye on your waistline. Bearing too much weight around your waist can pose a greater risk of increased blood pressure.
Eat a healthy diet
Consuming a healthy diet by having mix of grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products that controls fat and cholesterol can reduce your blood pressure. This diet is called as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH).
Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes everyday. This will lower your blood pressure. It is necessary to be consistent. If you stop exercising, there are chance of your blood pressure rising again. For slight high blood pressure (prehypertension), exercising can help you eliminate developing full-blown hypertension. If you are already suffering from hypertension, daily exercises could bring your blood pressure to safer levels. For lowering Blood pressure walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and dancing are the best physical activities.
Reduce sodium in your meals
Slightest reduction in the sodium in your food can reduce blood pressure and create a difference.
Limit intake of alcohol
Alcohol could be good and bad, in small quantity, it can significantly lower your blood pressure.
Cut back on caffeine
Caffeine may raise the blood pressure among people who consume it less, but there is not much effect among those who are habitual coffee drinkers.
Each cigarette you smoke increases blood pressure for many minutes after you are done. Quitting smoking help to stabilise your blood pressure and return to normal. People who stop smoking, regardless of age increase their life expectancy.
Reduce your stress
Stress is an important reason for high blood pressure. Stress can also contribute to high blood pressure. It could also be caused by unhealthy food, smoking or drinking alcohol.