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Secrets of Managing Hypertension



High blood pressure that is triggered by changes to your everyday lifestyle is also known as hypertension; if you’ve been diagnosed with this health condition, you may feel a range of emotions, including anxiety, fear and sadness. Rest assured that there are many great ways to improve your overall health and to reduce the negative side effects of hypertension. If you’re willing to embrace a more healthful lifestyle, while also keeping abreast of new developments in medical research, there is an excellent chance that you can improve your long-term prognosis through your own efforts.

While having hypertension is never a good thing, you can meet this health challenge head-on by adopting better self-discipline and a positive, proactive attitude. To help you manage your hypertension, we’re revealing some secrets that you can use to minimize the impact of this form of high blood pressure:


Optimize Your Dietto Manage Hypertension– Processed foods are the wrong choices for people who suffer from hypertension – these foods are often loaded with harmful ingredients, such as excess sodium, bad fats, refined sugars and refined flours. None of these additives are going to help you to manage your health condition; in fact, you are much better off choosing a variety of fresh, healthy foods to consume each day. Keeping your overall diet very low in sodium is particularly important if you have hypertension…


If you can afford it, consider shopping at a health food store (these usually cost more to shop at than typical grocery stores) that offers a wide array of organic whole grains, legumes, beef, poultry, pork, fish, fruit and produce. In general, you may want to consider reducing the amount of fatty meats that you eat each day; however, you can make meats and poultry healthier by trimming all excess fat and skin off of steaks, chicken, pork and turkey. Adding some vegetarian meals to your diet will usually reduce the amount of fat that you consume in your diet – interesting meat substitutes include tofu, beans and seitan.


Foods such as milk and cheese may also contribute to weight gain and ill health – while fat-free dairy products are generally healthy and beneficial (unless milk allergy or lactose intolerance is present), the higher-fat versions tend to trigger weight gain in plenty of people. As well, the sauces and condiments that you choose to add to meals may also be poor food choices. Instead of reaching for gooey mayonnaise or rich béchamel sauce, consider using minced garlic, spices, hot sauce, lemon juice, and fat-free salad dressings…these low-fat options will definitely give your meals more zest and tang. When you improve every element of your diet, you’ll grow leaner and healthier, and your body will be more able to meet health challenges.


You should also check your basal metabolic rate, or BMR – there are simple-to-use online calculators that allow you to figure out exactly how many calories your body burns at rest; once you have this basic number, which is based on your height, weight and age, you can begin to analyze your eating habits and personal calorie consumption. If you’re getting far more calories than you need to survive, you may be putting on weight regularly and upping your risk factors for complications related to hypertension.


Losing excess weight through an optimized diet is an excellent way to begin managing hypertension – reach for healthy snacks and practice strict portion control to improve your health in the long term.