One in three Americans has high blood pressure. Moderate exercise raises blood pressure initially, but numbers will drop once you stop moving.
A single glass of wine relaxes and dilates your blood vessels, thereby lowering your blood pressure. More than that, though, can have the opposite effect, so practice moderation.
When you are dehydrated, your body retains sodium in order to hold onto more fluids. That sodium retention causes blood pressure to spike. Lower it with eight 8-ounce glasses of H2O a day.
When life’s anxieties cause your blood pressure to skyrocket, spend an afternoon listening to classical music: It can lower stress hormone levels—and therefore blood pressure.
Blood pressure medication, including beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and more, can take a few hours or few weeks to be effective. Talk with your doc about options.