Statistics reveal that hypertension (blood pressure) victimizes about 30 million people in the United States, based on a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, making the problem to be one of the most prevalent chronic ailment, particularly among older Americans. It is a well-known fact that hypertension continues to be a distinctly familiar culprit in the way of triggering a heart attack; but doctors are unanimous in confirming that there is definitely a non-drug approach, considered as the first line of defense, particularly advocated and recommended by a noted blood pressure authority in the person of Dr. Norman Kaplan at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
The following first line of defense serve as remedies designed to help those in the grip of hypertension, proven to work favorably if followed consistently and on a regular basis:
1) Watch your weight:
Be aware that obesity can serve as a critical factor in the way of hypertension. A particular study conducted in Israel confirmed that by losing only half of your weight, you can reduce hypertension, as a result of which a reasonable fall in blood pressure can be achieved, even with trivial amounts of weight loss. All it takes is willpower and determination to achieve it, as well as through the exercise of your unflagging effort to maintain that equilibrium.
2) Cut down your intake of salt in your diet:
Studies have shown that the intake of salt can skyrocket your blood pressure and doctors constantly advise their patients to reduce or abstain from consuming salt to a degree that can be harmful.
3) Cut down on alcohol:
There is definitely a connection between alcohol consumption and high blood pressure, based on a swell-documented study.
4) Increase the intake of potassium.
It is a well-known fact that potassium can help reduce hypertension.
5) The favorable effect of calcium:
Studies have shown that calcium, not only strengthens your bones, but can also control your hypertension and even help reduce it to some extent.
Regular exercise reduces hypertension; however, weight-lifting can serve to elevate your blood pressure temporarily.
Finally, doctors are of the opinion that if you take your prescribed medication and, at the same time, adhere to the tips specified above, you can favorably control your blood pressure.