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Just found out I have high blood pressure. What are some ways that I could lower it? I know that smoking will increase the blood pressure and I have been cutting back. I am also on pills for it as well. What else should I do?
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Just found out I have high blood pressure. What are some ways that I could lower it? I know that smoking will increase the blood pressure and I have been cutting back. I am also on pills for it as well. What else should I do?
any kind of cardio excersize.. even taking a walk w/ the dog . cut back on your salt intake. alot of food has salt in it and you dont realize it. so, even if you dont use alot of salt from a salt shaker, there are alot of foods that are loaded with sodium. and losing weight will help too.
i have high blood pressue, and just recently lost 30 pounds and my doctor lowered the strength of the pill . i still need to lose a good amount of weight more, so i'm hoping someday i wont need the blood pressure pills anymore.
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Elaine gave great advice. My dad had high blood pressure. He cut out frozen meals (high sodium) and other salty foods (fast food, etc). Not only did he get to go off the meds because his BP was normal, but he lost 50 lbs in the process.


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Hi, I think Elaine just about covered it, Low sodium diet, healthy eating, exercise, weight loss if needed, reducing alcohol are all effective ways to reduce raised BP.
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My doctor told me several years ago that I was going to be diagnosed with high blood pressure if I didn't change something in my life. I knew that my dad's side of the family had high blood pressure and my grandma died from a stroke due to high blood pressure. I decided that I had to change something. I started doing research and changing my diet.

The first thing I did was to lower the amounts of soda that I drank, and eventually quit soda altogether. I know some people say to just drink diet soda but the artificial sweetener is not good for you and a lot of them make you crave more so you drink more. I now drink nothing but water and occasionally a glass of tea. (This saves money too between going out to eat and paying close to $3 per drink and even bottled water is cheaper than buying soda)

I then started looking at my diet. I cut back on fried foods and started eating healthier. I do not care for cooked veggies so I started making sure that we had raw veggies in the house all the time. I love salads so I could eat salads all the time but I try to find other things to eat so that hubby has variety. I also switched to frozen veggies for the cooked veggies I will eat because canned veggies are loaded with salt.

Exercising is also great for lowering your blood pressure. The best thing that I ever did was getting Jaxx because I now walk him everyday for several long walks and it helps me feel better.

I was at the Dr. day before yesterday and my blood pressure was 111/64.

It isn't easy but it is something that will help.

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Some people, like me, are just going to have high blood pressure. I don't eat prepared food, lunch meats or frozen dinners. I do try to eat ample fruits and veggies, don't use much salt, don't drink sodas because I "save that space" for water! My doctor knows I don't like to take meds so I am on the lowest possible medication. But stress has a lot to do with it, and genetics, I believe! I exercise every morning starting at around 5:45. I used to do about 75 minutes, but I'm getting old and lazy. Hahaha But, I still do 30-40 minutes.

But everyone has given the usual good advice. For me exercise is very important for your mental as well as physical well being!
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My Dad had extremely high blood pressure and was able to keep it down with diet (he already does mild exercise). He hasn't had to go on any medication and is now trying a dairy free diet to lower his cholesterol as well.


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I also use garlic powder or crushed garlic in recipes instead of salt. It took me a while to get the amount right in recipes and I always taste as I go but it works and most of the time people can't tell I don't have salt in my cooking.

Garlic is good for high blood pressure too.
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