Our life is like mathematics which includes calculations, permutations and combinations for everything involved. Taking away something and reintroducing something much better exists as the underlying concept upon which our life is based on. Blood pressure is one of the commonest and deadliest conditions which seems to put mankind on a tumble. The condition seems simple but its side effects are stupendous given the circumstances under which it happens. Physical activity helps us keep blood pressure under control whereas certain things play a major role in elevating BP levels. Keep such blood pressure-increasing items under control and save yourself from its dangerous consequences:
Weight gain: Your weight plays a major role in affecting your overall health. Even a 5% decrease in your overall weight can lead to positive effects on your health including blood pressure levels.
Alcohol: Refrain from drinking liquor and if in case you must drink restrict it to one drink in the case of females and two drinks in the case of males.
Sitting: Persistent sitting paves way for a number of diseases and in fact, people have moved over to standing workstations for working for a few hours at office. Read more about the benefits of such workstations from the website www.firsteatright.com. Even a couple of minutes of light activity has the power to decrease blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Sauna: The sauna seems to be a refreshing option for those back from a hectic day or stressed out. But in the case of those with high BP it is necessary to ensure that you do not keep switching between cold water and hot tubs/saunas as this can increase your blood pressure levels.
Decongestants: Certain individuals are habituated to use decongestants as they offer relief against cold and flu. Please be aware of the fact that decongestants can cause high blood pressure and most of the OTC medications for cold and flu are sure to contain decongestants.
Salt: Last but the most important one is the restricted use of salt that can have a strong impact on a person’s BP levels. Many patients are advised against consuming abundant salt or processed foods (as these contain too much salt) in order to maintain blood pressure levels. Ideally, an adult should consume not more than 1,500 mgs per day and the maximum is up to 2,300 mgs daily.
Stress: This is yet another common factor that raises BP levels in many individuals. The reason might be trivial or really complicated but their effects on BP ranges remain worse. Measure your levels in a sphygmomanometer when you are angry and shouting, maybe the instrument will call out for help if only it had the voice to do so!
Dehydration: Lack of enough water tightens blood vessels as the brain sends a signal to the pituitary gland to release chemicals for tightening them. The kidney prevents you from urinating as it needs all that’s left of the fluid in your body, and this causes tiny blood vessels in the heart and brain to squeeze more.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.