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24-11-2015

8 Natural Ways To Lower High Blood Pressure.

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1 - Lose Weight

When you are overweight, your heart has to work harder to pump oxygen around your body, which leads to higher blood pressure. One of the most effective ways for people who are overweight to reduce hypertension is to get your weight to a healthy level, and even losing a few pounds can make a noticeable difference to your blood pressure. A healthy weight can be determined by your BMI, which is worked out by dividing your weight by your height squared, using kilograms and meters. A number higher than 25 suggests you should lose some weight, however many health professionals also recommend using your waist measurement as a guide. A larger waist, even when you are at a healthy weight, suggests that more fat is stored around your organs, which also means your heart is working harder. The NHS suggests that the ideal measurements are under 80cm for women and less than 94cm for men.
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2 - Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise, at least 30 minutes five times a week, is another great way to lower your blood pressure. The type of exercise does not matter as studies have shown that almost all exercise, from cycling to swimming to weight lifting, can reduce hypertension. What is more important is that you choose an exercise that you enjoy and will be able to stick to, as your blood pressure can begin to rise again if you stop exercising regularly. This is good news if you are on a budget as you do not need to join a gym to benefit from the effects of exercise, even just adding a brisk walk each day can have an effect on your blood pressure. However, it is important to check with your doctor if you are planning to begin a more strenuous exercise regime, especially if you have a history of heart problems or very high blood pressure.
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