Your blood pressure is a major risk factor for health issues like heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. But it’s modifiable, meaning you have the power to change it!
Whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fresh produce form the core of a heart-healthy diet. In fact, loading up on fruits and vegetables can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 points.
Too much sodium is one of the primary culprits of high blood pressure. Limit your intake to less than 1,500 mg daily; add herbs and spices to your cooking instead.
Exercise is key for lowering your blood pressure. Aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Too much to start? Even as little as 15 minutes of daily walking can help.
Disorders like sleep apnea can cause blood pressure to surge at night. If you find yourself waking at night, talk with your doctor to make sure it’s not contributing to your BP issues.
Stress is a major contributor to high blood pressure. Deep breathing and mindfulness exercises can help you relax, but yoga has the additional perk of providing exercise as well.