Hypertension can be controlled by pharmacological and natural means. At times, these
methods are used in combination with alternative medicine.
Welcome to Jen The Medical Writer’s blog. If you are new, thanks for joining. Today we are looking at managing hypertension. There are so many persons being affected by this condition and are unaware of how to properly control it. In this post, we will look at some basic ways of controlling hypertension. Before using any of these methods, speak with your primary care provider to ensure they are right for you. Let’s get into it!
Hypertension can be controlled by pharmacological and natural means. At times, these methods are used in combination with alternative medicine.
In my previous post, I mentioned that the proper management of high blood pressure is a combination of different factors. A visit to your general practitioner, including a blood panel and a complete checkup, should unquestionably be the first step in setting up a plan and getting the correct medications to facilitate your journey to proper hypertension management.
But what can a patient do on top of following the doctor’s directives and taking their medications?
Well, we are what we eat, so consuming a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products is essential. Try to avoid saturated fats and cholesterol. These additional dietary measures will help lower blood pressure. It is crucial to avoid all foods high in sodium, like processed foods (luncheon meat, sausages, bacon, deli meat), canned food, soy sauce, snacks, such as chips, pretzels, peanuts, and popcorn, and so on. Bear in mind that alcohol, tobacco, caffeine cause damage to blood vessels and causes hypertension to worsen.
Exercise is a vital component to a healthier you. Be sure to include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your day-to-day routine. Anxiety and high-stress levels have actually been found to have a strong correlation with hypertension. Stress is a psychophysical response intrinsically built in our DNA, which relies on the transmission of a neurotransmitter called adrenaline, and a hormone called cortisol.
Mindful techniques, relaxation, and meditation offer great assistance with lowering our stress levels and, consequently, our blood pressure. Speak to your primary care provider to see which of these additional measures are right for you.
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