Here are some resources about making healthier eating choices and the effect of your nutrition on your blood pressure.
Tips on healthy eating to control blood pressure from WebMD:
One step to lower high blood pressure: Incorporate the DASH diet into your lifestyle.
|Eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods|
|Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fats|
|Eat more whole grain products, fish, poultry, and nuts|
|Eat less red meat (especially processed meats) and sweets|
|Eat foods that are rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium|
The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is an example of such an eating plan. In research studies, patients who were on the DASH diet lowered their blood pressure within two weeks. Another diet -- DASH-Sodium -- calls for cutting back sodium (salt) to 1,500 mg a day (about 2/3 teaspoon). Studies of people on the DASH-Sodium plan significantly lowered their blood pressure as well.
Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.
To improve overall cardiovascular health, we suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity).
Types of physical activities
Strength and resistance training are important elements of a good physical activity routine. The American Heart Association recommends strength training at least twice per week.
Strengthening your muscles gives you the ability to perform everyday activities and helps protect your body from injury. Stronger muscles also lead to a boost in your metabolic rate, which means you’ll burn more calories even when your body is at rest.
Simple, weight- bearing exercises that use free weights, machines or your body’s own resistance are the focus. You can do these workouts separate from your cardio activity or add resistance on to an existing workout. Choose the time and type of activity that works for you.
A well-rounded strength-training program provides the following benefits:
- Increased strength of bones, muscles and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments)
- Lower risk of injury
- Increased muscle mass, which makes it easier for your body to burn calories and thus maintain a healthy weight
- Better quality of life.
Reference: American Heart Association
Walking is low-risk and easy to start. It can help keep you fit and reduce your risk of serious diseases, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.
A regular walking program can also:
- Improve your cholesterol profile
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase your energy and stamina
- Boost “couch potato” bone strength
- Prevent weight gain
The American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Even short 10-minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. If you would benefit from lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, aim for 40-minute sessions of moderate to vigorous activity 3 to 4 times a week. You could do this by walking 2 miles briskly (about 4 miles/hr).
Reference: American Heart Association
Stress Management Tips
The simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.
Stress Management Strategy #1
Avoid unnecessary stress
Stress Management Strategy #2
Alter the situation
Stress Management #3
Adapt to the stressor
Stress management strategy #4
Accept the things you can’t change
Stress management strategy #5
Make time for fun and relaxation
Stress management strategy #6
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Fight Stress with Healthy Habits
Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are positive healthy habits you may want to develop.
Talk with family and friends
Talking about your day and what is important to you can help you feel better
Laughter is a great stress reliever
Engage in daily physical activity
Increase your physical activity; it will help you relieve mental and physical tensions
Get enough sleep
Any form six to eight hours f sleep can help you wake up with more energy