Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Want to lower your blood pressure in four simple steps? It's not as difficult as you think, and the benefits include a decreased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and eye problems, erectile dysfunction, cognitive difficulties, and osteoporosis. Adopt the following:

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  1. Quit Smoking. Smoking can temporarily spike blood pressure, damage blood vessel walls, and raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. While quitting smoking can be a challenge, natural support such as Dr. Gurgevich's CD "Hypnotic Tonic to Remove Tobacco Addiction" can help - find it in our Marketplace.
  1. Exercise. Research shows that regular aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, and cycling, can reduce blood pressure, possibly by keeping blood vessels flexible. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight and keep it off, which is crucial to the success of any high blood pressure treatment plan. Start slowly and aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week. Or go fishing yes believe it or not fishing.
  1. Stay calm. Stress can raise blood pressure, while relaxation techniques appear to lower it. Learn and practice a mind-body approach such as breath work, yoga, or meditation and take advantage of its benefits regularly. 
  1. Eat a healthy diet. Adequate intake of micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, is essential to maintain blood vessel tone and healthy circulation.
     5.  Foods That Help:  Spinach, unsalted sunflower seeds, beans (black, white, navy, lima, 
         pinto, kidney)skim milk, and dark chocolate

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