by April Chapman
So, you’ve been to the doctor and they’ve told you that you have high blood pressure. Now what? Hearing this news should not get you down in the dumps but rather give you the opportunity to do some self reflection in an effort to invoke positive change for the better.
High blood pressure, also known as Hypertension, is a lifestyle condition. Poor dietary habits and other adverse lifestyle choices including stress can increase your chances of developing this chronic condition. So do you want the good news or the bad news? Let’s deal with the bad news first. High blood pressure can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Kidney damage, stroke and heart failure are all attributed to high blood pressure. The good news? You can completely lower your blood pressure without medication provided you are willing to adopt some simple lifestyle changes. Why not medication? The problems associated with blood pressure medication are addressed here. In the meantime, here are some steps you can take to get your blood pressure down to a healthy level so that you can focus on more important things, mainly running your business.
1) Lose weight. The incidence of hypertension is much higher in overweight and obese individuals as excess weight increases the strain on your heart. If you have a lot of weight to lose, don’t be discouraged. Even losing a few pounds can cause a drop in your blood pressure. Instead of the typical bagel and coffee breakfast combo, try a green smoothie instead. This is a more nutrient dense choice and will help you lose weight naturally.
2) Exercise more. Getting regular physical activity can help to lower blood pressure levels. If you don’t work out at all, try walking for half an hour everyday. You can then work your way up to more strenuous activities. Just remember, even a small amount of physical activity can help.
3) Eat less salt. Sodium inherently is not bad, as your body needs sodium to balance your sodium-potassium levels. It’s white refined table salt that creates the problem. White table salt is an industrial waste by-product that has no business in the body. It is extremely toxic, made up of 30+ synthetic chemicals, causes mineral deficiencies and causes high blood pressure. Instead of pouring salt on as a seasoning, add some spices or herbs instead. You’ll discover a new flavor that’s a lot better for you. You should also start reading labels of prepackaged foods. Many of them have a lot more sodium than you’d imagine. Ditch high sodium boxed dinners and replace with a homemade dinner. Not only is it better for you but it taste better too.
4) Quit Smoking. Not only does cigarette smoke cause irreparable damage to your lungs, it also raises your blood pressure. Lowering your blood pressure is just one of 1000 reasons you already have to throw out those cigarettes TODAY.
5) Drink in moderation. More than one drink a day for ladies and more than two drinks a day for men may increase your blood pressure levels. Try cutting back to just a beer or glass of wine occasionally with dinner and you’ll see some improvement.
6) Relax. While it may seem impossible to stop zipping around during the day, having a little bit of time set aside for relaxation can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Why not try yoga or meditation? Create room in your budget and step away from the business to get a weekly massage. If none of these appeals to you, you can always just sit quietly and listen to music or write in a journal. As a bonus, if you take some relaxing time before you go to bed, you’ll sleep better and feel more energized in the morning.
7) Eat more fruits and veggies. Having an ample supply of bioavailable vitamins and nutrients will help your body function properly and lower your blood pressure. The best way to get these vitamins and minerals are by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Choosing fresh, raw, organic (when available) fruits and vegetables are your best bet.
While making one or two of these changes may help you a little bit, the best method for lowering your blood pressure is to make all these changes. They each make a little difference that adds up to a much healthier lifestyle and a better life. Remember, healthy women create healthy businesses.
April Chapman The Business Health Coach helps female entrepreneurs release stubborn weight, gain energy and live incredible victorious lives-moving them from sick to sensational with safe and effective detox and whole food cleansing regimens. As a drugless practitioner, she believes in the innate ability for the human body to heal itself if given what it needs to thrive. Get her FREE audio download The Female Entrepreneurs’ Secret to Permanent Weight Loss at www.bizhealthcoach.com Follow her on twitter @bizhealthcoach or like her on facebook.