According to Healthline, hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While medication is often necessary to manage hypertension, lifestyle changes can also play an important role in helping to control blood pressure. However, these are some things that hypertensive patients should avoid to help their condition.
1. Hypertensive patients should limit their intake of sodium, which can raise blood pressure. This means avoiding processed and packaged foods that are high in sodium, such as canned soups and frozen meals, and opting for fresh, whole foods instead.
2. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can raise blood pressure and also interfere with the effectiveness of blood pressure medication. Hypertensive patients should limit their alcohol intake.
3. While moderate caffeine intake is generally considered safe for most people, it can cause blood pressure to spike in some individuals. Hypertensive patients should be cautious about their caffeine intake and may want to limit or avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda.
4. Chronic stress can contribute to hypertension by raising levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.
Hypertensive patients should practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga.
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