If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure your first reaction may be to worry. However, provided you are diagnosed early enough you can start taking positive steps towards managing your condition and help reduce the damage it can cause.
The first step to combatting high blood pressure is by taking the appropriate prescription medication which your doctor recommends. Anti-hypertensive drugs are often prescribed to help reduce high blood pressure, often alongside alpha blockers and beta blockers. In emergency situations medication may be prescribed that lowers blood pressure suddenly, but this practice is very dangerous. Before you even consider taking any medication be sure to consult a trained doctor and seek advice.
Using medication is just one of many ways you can manage high blood pressure. Improving your diet can help reduce blood pressure. A poor diet leads to the insides of your veins and arteries being coated in a layer of fat which increases the pressure of your blood. Consuming extra fruit and vegetables will help because they contain high amounts of fibre, vitamins and minerals. High blood pressure can also be caused by chronic dehydration and as many of us know alcohol causes dehydration (hence why you often want another beer, then another beer etc). Therefore, drinking lots of water and reducing your alcohol intake will help keep you hydrated and reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Although it is a good idea to make positive changes to your diet, this is best done under the supervision of a trained dietician or your doctor. Be sure to consult with your dietician or doctor prior to making any serious changes to your diet.
Improving your lifestyle will also help lower your blood pressure. A daily exercise routine and/or yoga routine should help reduce your body fat and therefore lower your blood pressure. Before embarking on an exercise routine you take the advice of a personal trainer and have them forumlate an exercise plan for you. If you smoke, cutting down can yield positive results. Smoking releases chemicals into your body which make your blood vessels sticky and causes fatty deposits to collect in the arteries. Furthermore, smoking can cause your arteries and veins to shrink which will increase your blood pressure.
You can also try natural remedies which include aromatherapy, herbs and yoga. With aromatherapy you should choose oils which have a soothing effect and relax your muscles including rose, lavender and cypress. Herbal remedies, such as stinging nettles and lemon balm, can also help lower your blood pressure. Finally, yoga may help you relax and therefore lower your blood pressure.
In conclusion, you should first seek the advice of your doctor before attempting to treat your high blood pressure. If medication is required then they will let you know. However, making improvements to your diet and lifestyle, or even trying some natural remedies can assist you greatly in combatting high blood pressure.