If you have high blood pressure, you are likely either on prescription medication or your doctor has told you that you will probably need blood pressure medication in the future. At just twenty-nine years old I found out I had high blood pressure for my age, averaging around 145/80. My blood pressure is likely a combination of inherited hypertension and stress. I was told that unless I could reduce my blood pressure on my own that I would need to be prescribed blood pressure medication in the future at some point. My goal was to do everything possible to reduce my blood pressure on my own without medication.
Immediately I began exercising by walking on a treadmill, sometimes up to four miles per day in an hour or less. I figure that I averaged around sixteen miles per week on the treadmill and was feeling great, not to mention I was loosing a little around the hips. I tried to work on my diet but found that more difficult than finding the time to walk on the treadmill. I also seemed to avoid paying much attention to my diet because I felt my exercise alone had to be reducing my blood pressure, right? Wrong! Over the next year or so my blood pressure would drop up to ten points and then the next time I was checked, it would be right back up where it was originally. I chalked it up to being stressed out with work and the fact that I was going to be a father for the first time, but now I know better.
Fast forward two years. I'm now a new and still quite inexperienced father, hence stress has not left my personal life and my work stress is still basically the same. Despite my best intentions, I seem to have had very little time for the treadmill lately though I do get a decent walk in maybe once every few weeks. My last checkup blew me away. It was only about six months after my last high blood pressure reading of 146/83 and to my amazement, my blood pressure this time was 126/74, almost normal! Adding to my confusion, the evening before my checkup was extremely stressful, so much so that I considered cancelling my appointment. So to what do I owe the credit of lowering my blood pressure? Diet!
Yes, in the past two years I may have been slack with my exercise routine however I gradually became more aware of my diet, more specifically, how much sodium was in many of the foods I consumed on a regular basis. I should clarify that I am not some kind of health nut now who eats nothing but fresh fruit and vegetables while drinking eight glasses of water a day. I believe the most important step in lowering blood pressure is simply becoming aware of what you eat. Now I find myself looking closely at the labels on everything I pick up at the grocery store, primarily looking at the sodium and fat contents.
Blood pressure friendly foods don't have to taste like they are good for you either. I have found that there are many products out there that have reduced sodium and fat but still taste great. I have posted some of my own blood pressure friendly muffin recipes on http://www.bloodpressurefoods.com that you are welcome to enjoy along with other great information on reducing your blood pressure.
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David is also a licensed recreational sport fishing guide in Nova Scotia Canada where he resides with his wife and son.
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