High blood pressure is also known as hypertension or HBP, and calm people can have high blood pressure as well. People that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure by their doctor should always have a blood pressure unit in the home or nearby. Try to avoid missing doses of blood pressure medication prescribed by your doctor. When keeping your blood pressure lowered you are preventing, a possible stroke, protecting the blood vessels from stretching, an heart attack, blood clots, and kidney failure.
Blood pressure is a force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. A blood pressure reading is when the top number is systolic and the bottom number is diastolic. Blood pressure readings range from normal to stage 2 high blood pressure.
- Normal - lower than or 120/80
- Prehypertension - 120/139
- Stage 1 high blood pressure - 140/159
- Stage 2 high blood pressure - 160 and above over 100 and above
People that have blood pressure over the normal range should consult a doctor immediately. Hypertension is usually determined by lifestyle and eating habits. Individuals with high blood pressure have to change some of their lifestyle habits and eating habits to prevent from having high blood pressure episodes.
There are foods and medications that can off-set blood pressure to increase it, medications such as birth control pills can increase blood pressure.
7 ways to help lower blood pressure
- Avoid frequent use of alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid white iodized salt, instead use diet seasonings.
- Avoid eating large plates of food, practice eating on smaller plates.
- Losing 5-10 pounds can help lower high blood pressure.
- Exercise and walk 30-60 minutes daily to prevent blood clots also.
- Take your hypertension medication daily.
- Avoid eating pork.
Foods high in potassium helps to lower high blood pressure when consumed daily. Bananas are a great source of potassium, bananas can be sliced and eaten with meals such as oatmeal, peanut butter and jam sandwiches, baked cookies, muffins, salads, or just as a snack.
If you drink alcohol, try lowering the amount of drinks, and discuss with your doctor how to decrease the alcohol drinks. Write down how many alcoholic drinks you've have each day with the date over it.
Remember eating pork is very high in sodium, avoid eating pork products. There are many meats in the grocery stores that can be replaced with pork, and they aren't toxic like pork.
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