High blood pressure is a serious problem, and it can take a lot of persistent hard work to get it under control. There are a number of successful medical treatments that can help control this condition, but these drugs are best supplemented by lifestyle changes at home. At Brookhaven Heart, our cardiologists can help you make a realistic plan to control your blood pressure using some of these home remedies.
One of the simplest high blood pressure remedies is light or moderate exercise about five times a week. Adding exercise to your daily schedule doesn’t need to be difficult. Simply choosing to walk or bike to your local grocery store instead of driving is a great way to get the recommended 30 minutes of cardio exercise.
Reduction in Sodium
Sodium is one of the main dietary causes of increases in blood pressure. It is present in many processed and snack foods, so one of the best ways to cut back on sodium is to eat whole, natural foods.
A Potassium-Heavy Diet
Potassium has been shown to have a positive effect on blood pressure, and it can help negate some of the negative effects of sodium. You can get all the potassium you need from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Studies have shown that losing just ten pounds can have a dramatic effect on blood pressure. Losing weight can also make the existing blood pressure medications you are taking work better, compounding the positive effects.
Cut Back on Alcohol
Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages, especially binge drinking where you consume more than four drinks in a sitting — can have a detrimental effect on your blood pressure.
Improve Your Blood Pressure
Call Brookhaven Heart at (631) 654 3278 for more advice on preventing or managing high blood pressure today.