To better understand what high blood pressure is, it’s important to understand the basics of blood pressure and how its measured. Blood pressure is the force the blood travels through the arteries throughout the body. It is measured using two readings, systolic (the force in the arteries when the heart beats) and diastolic (the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest. Healthy levels in an adult are around 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic). High blood pressure is considered to be between 120 to 129 systolic and under 80 diastolic. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common form of cardiovascular disease. In the United States, about 77.9 million (1 out of every 3) adults have high blood pressure.* We'll look at some common symptoms of high blood pressure, as well as some ways that you can lower your blood pressure naturally.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure include:
-Blood in the Urine
-Fatigue and/or confusion
-Having trouble breathing
-Irregular heart beat
Some Natural Methods to help regulate blood pressure levels are:
-Maintaining a Healthy Weight-Being overweight can make you up to six times more likely to develop high blood pressure.*
-Drinking Alcohol in Moderation if not Stopping Completely (no more than 2 drinks per day)*
-Reducing Your Salt Intake-People’s blood pressure levels decrease when they decrease their salt intake.*
Hopefully the symptoms listed above, as well as these simple yet effective methods for helping you decrease your blood pressure levels, will help you stay informed and in control of your blood pressure maintenance. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider when making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.
*Sources- https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_319587.pdf, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318716