While a hypertension diagnosis can be daunting, it is possible to successfully manage high blood pressure by making some changes to your diet and lifestyle. Managing hypertension is an ongoing effort which becomes easier as your change your habits and eating patterns.
Most doctors tell us that normal blood pressure levels are at, or below, 120/80 mm Hg. Readings above this are generally termed as elevated. Elevated blood pressure silently damages your body before any manifestations develop. Neglected and left untreated, hypertension can cause serious problems.
High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Dealing with hypertension calls for a multi-factorial approach - lifestyle modifications, exercising regularly and eating right. A question that may be plaguing you is - how to manage high blood pressure? Weight management, exercise and consuming ‘heart-happy’ foods, help control elevated levels of blood pressure, and also pave the way for a lifetime of better health.
When your heart beats, it sends blood pumping through the arteries. The highest reading caused by contraction is systolic blood pressure; then the heart relaxes and the pressure drops. This lower reading is diastolic pressure. The blood pressure is recorded in mmHg. Hypertension or high blood pressure exerts immense stress on your heart, and puts you at a huge risk for developing a heart attack or having a stroke. Every time the doctor raises his eyebrows when scrutinizing your blood pressure, all of us definitely feel anxious. Having him tell you to lay off a host of foods because your blood pressure is too high is even worse! But it is important to understand that a few lifestyle modifications and giving your diet a overhaul is absolutely vital to manage hypertension.
What does ‘metabolism’ even mean? It is the chemical reaction by which the food we eat is blended with oxygen to create energy. So, in a way, it creates a balance between our ‘calories’ and our hormones that determine our mood, hunger, energy, cravings and sleep. Most people believe that their metabolism needs a boost when their weight goals are stagnant. Yes, non-fluctuating weight can be because of slow metabolism but weight gain is more complicated than that. There are many signs that can show metabolism improvement is required.