and lower your blood pressure naturally with regular exercise.
-- Poor Diet -- Let's face it, we all need good nutrition to care for our
bodies. A diet that's high in calories, fats and sugars and low in
essential nutrients contributes to poor health. In addition, a diet
that's high in salt is also a contributing factor to having high blood
pressure. Salt keeps excess fluid in the body that can add to the
burden on the heart. The American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association recommends that you keep your sodium intake to less than
1500 mg per day.
-- Weight - Don't have a fear of the scale -- embrace it. Knowing your
ideal weight for your height could help save your life and lower your
risk for high blood pressure. Over two-thirds of American adults are
overweight which causes excess strain on the heart, raises blood
cholesterol and lowers good cholesterol levels. Just by losing as little
as 10 to 20 pounds if you are overweight, can help you take control and
lower your high blood pressure.
-- Drinking too much alcohol -- Yes, you've had a stressful day, but is
that extra glass of wine worth it? Heavy and regular use of alcohol can
increase your blood pressure dramatically. It can also cause heart
failure, lead to stroke and produce irregular heartbeats. If you drink,