Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common condition that affects many people worldwide. While medication management is often necessary to manage hypertension, lifestyle changes can also play an important role. In line with a health publication from HEALTHLINE, Here are some things to avoid if you have hypertension:
High-sodium foods: Eating a diet high in sodium can increase blood pressure. It is important to avoid foods that are high in sodium, such as processed and packaged foods, fast food, and salty snacks. Instead, opt for fresh foods that are low in sodium and use herbs and spices to add flavor.
Excess alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. It is recommended that individuals with hypertension limit their alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Smoking: Smoking can damage blood vessels and increase blood pressure, as well as increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Quitting smoking is important for overall health and can help manage hypertension.
Stress: Chronic stress can raise blood pressure and contribute to hypertension. It is important to find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones.
Inactivity: Lack of physical activity can contribute to hypertension and other health conditions. It is important to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, such as brisk walking or cycling.
Certain medications and supplements: Some medications and supplements, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), decongestants, and herbal supplements like licorice root, can raise blood pressure. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before starting any new medications or supplements.
By avoiding these things and making healthy lifestyle choices, individuals with hypertension can help manage their blood pressure and reduce their risk of related health complications. It is important to work with a healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive management plan that includes medication management, lifestyle changes, and regular blood pressure monitoring.
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