Reducing Your Blood Pressure

Tips and Medication That Could Save Your Life


High Blood Pressure greatly increases the risks of heart disease, the leading killer of Americans. The combination of high blood pressure, genetics, obesity, and high cholesterol could lead to a heart attack or heart failure. Why risk it? There are some easy steps to take that could alter, and even, prolong your life. The first key to reducing your blood pressure is to watch what you eat. Eating foods high in sodium can increase your blood pressure (also known as hypertension). If your high blood pressure persists after altering you diet increasing the amount you exercise, than it is time to talk to a physician or cardiologist. They can prescribe or point you in the direction of medication for reducing your blood pressure, or herbal supplements to reduce your blood pressure. Only use medications that have been clinically tested or approved by the FDA.

High Blood Pressure Treatments

  • BP Success Zone is one of the most prominent high blood pressure sites on the Internet; they offer a wide array of products and insight into fighting high blood pressure.
  • RESPeRATE, the interactive breathing device used by tens of thousands of men and women nationwide to lower blood pressure. Used for just 15 minutes, a few times a week, RESPeRATE has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure.
  • Hyprava is another well-known blood pressure medication, it can be found on the web through the Hyprava website.

How The Heart Works

Everyday your heart beats around 100,000 times a day. Each time it beats, it pumps blood through your body's blood vessels (your arteries, veins and capillaries) and throughout your body. The force of blood against the inside walls of your vessels, plus your blood vessels' resistance to blood flow, create blood pressure. If blood pressure is too great, it can damage the vessels and restrict blood flow to vital organs. That's why it's important to reduce your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is to high, you could end up having a heart attack.

Nutrition and High Blood Pressure

Certain nutrients in the diet can affect blood pressure. There has been a controversy, for many years, over the affects of sodium on high blood pressure. Previous research shown that sodium does in fact affect blood pressure in people who were salt-sensitive, however it had very little affect on those who where not sensitive to salt. However, new research shows that those who have lower sodium in their diets have lower blood pressure overall, whether or not they have high blood pressure. Calcium, potassium, and magnesium may also help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attack.

A diet that consists of processed or refined foods, such as canned and instant soups, packaged mixes, and snack items, is low in these important nutrients. These foods usually are high in salt as well. By eating fewer processed foods, more fruits and vegetables (which contain potassium), and more low-fat dairy foods (which contain calcium and magnesium), you can increase your intake of these helpful nutrients and decrease your salt intake at the same time.

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