Lowering your blood pressure is a top priority if you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure. However, the medication you’ve been suggested to use to bring your high blood pressure numbers down may be a concern for you because of its side effects or other factors. It is possible to lower your blood pressure numbers, so you can reduce your dosage or quit taking the medication and experiencing any potentially adverse effects.
The most important factor to lower your high blood pressure numbers is lifestyle. How you treat your body daily inflicts certain issues that may be a concern for you and your health. If you can control the numbers with a healthy lifestyle, you can control your need for medication. Below are the top 5 methods and changes that we recommend you do to reduce or eliminate your need for blood pressure medication.
Of course, at Bardisa Medical Center in Miami, we always recommend speaking to your doctor and following their advice when it comes to changing your dosage or stopping a medication.
It’s true. If you can lose those extra pounds, you can control your need for blood pressure medication. Why? Because blood pressure often increases as your weight increases. Losing this weight can be the most effective lifestyle change for controlling your need for blood pressure medication. Simply losing 10 pounds can help reduce your blood pressure significantly, being better both for your health and your self-esteem.
Now, we’re not saying that you need to eliminate alcohol completely. In fact, drinking small amounts of alcohol can indeed improve your health and lower your blood pressure by 2 or 4 mm Hg. However, if you drink an excess amount of alcohol (more than one drink a day for women, two for men), then you can increase your blood pressure numbers by several points—as well as reducing the effectiveness of the blood pressure medications that you may be currently taking.
Lowering your alcohol intake brings you one step closer to lowering your need for blood pressure medication.
A reduction in your sodium intake can make a world of difference when discussing blood pressure medication. Even just the tiniest of reductions of sodium in your diet can reduce your blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg. We believe that’s a huge win on health and not that big of a loss on flavor. In fact, many people have noted that their taste buds adjust after a while, so they need to use less salt for the same taste.
Sometimes, this piece of advice is a little bit easier said than done — and really, who enjoys getting stressed out? With mindful practices, it is possible to lower your stress, thus lowering your blood pressure numbers. Knowing your stress triggers or taking the time to relax can help immensely when you are trying to take action to lower your stress. Meditation can work wonders, too, and it can help you have an overall better outlook on your life and lifestyle.
The instantaneous effects that smoking has on your blood pressure is shocking. Minutes after you smoke a cigarette, your blood pressure increases, increasing your need for blood pressure medication. When you quit smoking, you can reduce or even eliminate your need for blood pressure medication, and you increase your life expectancy substantially.
Contact us at the Bardisa Medical Center to help lower your blood pressure and your need for blood pressure medication! With our holistic approach and professional services, you can get the help you need for the health you need. Contact us by phone at 305.661.2002 or by using our online contact form.