Understanding what high blood pressure does helps gives incentive to lower it
When you go to the doctor, he usually has a tight schedule and does not have a lot of time to explain what high blood pressure is and what it does to the body. You probably even see the number of people in the office and do not want to bother him too much!
Even when the nurse is taking your vital numbers at the beginning of the office visit, she usually does not tell you what they are without you specifically ask her.
Being able to picture in your mind what is going on in your body when your blood pressure is high and what it is causing makes it more likely that you will actually want to make the changes that will lower your blood pressure.
Finding new ways to less stress can lower blood pressure
If you are like most people, you probably have tons of things to get done every day, which can make your life very stressful. In addition to things you have to do, people you know might need you to help them out as well, and it's hard to say no to them, so your to-do list piles up.
Have you ever felt like screaming, “No more!” Finding a new way to help organize your day can be quite a relief and can help to lower your stress.
It's easier to learn at home how much sodium is in packaged foods
Knowing how much sodium is in what we eat is important, but checking each package for sodium amounts while we're standing in the grocery store aisle would take a long time.
Even though it means planning ahead, it's much easier and faster to take a couple minutes to check a sodium chart at home on the computer. That way, you feel much more confident that what you are cooking is healthy and will not raise your hypertension levels.
How to find the best ways to lower your blood pressure
If you agree that you'd like to know a lot more about what is going on with your high blood pressure and want the best ways to get it under control, here's how to find out.
There are quite a few books in bookstores and online about hypertension. A lot of them talk about diet and exercise changes, which are both important changes to make in order to see lower numbers.