What can you do?
There are many things we can do that can help keep our blood pressure normal.
A healthy and balanced diet rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, and lower in sodium can help control blood pressure, so look at foods such as leafy greens, berries, and red meats.
Reduce salt in your diet. Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can improve your heart health and reduce blood pressure by about 5 to 6 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure.
Exercise has been proven to lower blood pressure naturally, and strengthen your cardiovascular system, so is a great alternative to medication.
Keeping hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water daily (even more if working in hot and humid conditions) is beneficial for blood pressure.
Quit smoking. Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for several minutes after you finish. The chemicals in tobacco are also known to damage blood vessels. Stopping smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health.