Buckle Down for Your Blood Pressure

posted Apr 27, 2010, 6:44 AM by Sara@LS

High blood pressure is affecting more and more people. At present, it affects nearly one in three adults in the U.S. and can have no symptoms!


Consider making healthier lifestyle choices to arm yourself against high blood pressure and other heart problems.


1.       Ditch the deep-fried, sodium-saturated foods. Fried, salty, high-sodium foods are a no-no when it comes to your heart. Aim for spices, herbs, pepper or other healthy savory flavors.

2.       Dine and DASH. The DASH diet is beneficial for everyone, but especially people with hypertension or pre-hypertension. It focuses on encouraging individuals to consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Visit www.americanheart.org for more information and helpful recipes.

3.       Say “Yes!” to exercise. Physical activity makes you feel good and helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Why not get started right away? It is ideal to exercise for 30 minutes almost everyday.

4.       Lighten your load. Shed extra pounds and you will be giving your heart the love it deserves. If you have problems maintaining a healthy weight, speak with your doctor about creating a weight-loss or weight-maintenance plan.

5.       Take it down a notch. Stress relief takes pressure off your heart and can clear your mind at the same time. Give yoga or meditation a shot. If you aren’t interested in either try taking a warm bath, reading a book or magazine, or going on a leisurely walk.

6.       Check up on your ticker. Regular check-ups give you a heads-up when it comes to heart problems. It is best to catch high blood pressure early to avoid serious health problems.


Visit A Healthier You™ at www.BlueKC.com for more information about heart health.

Apr 27, 2010, 6:47 AM