Believe it or not, a study from Harvard University revealed that over one-quarter of the American population has high blood pressure and most of them don’t even know it. High blood pressure itself rarely causes any symptoms, unless it peaks critically, which in most cases doesn’t even happen. However, it increases your probabilities of developing a number of potentially deadly conditions and makes them worse once you have them. Some of these conditions include heart disease, cognitive deterioration, and strokes. It is important to keep your blood pressure below risky levels, and in order to do that, you need to adjust your lifestyle.
It isn’t easy to change your life completely, not even for your own sake. However, there are some things you can do to keep your blood pressure under control. Here is a list of useful tips that don’t take much from you and yet have a great impact on your health.
1. Meditation and breathing exercises.
Scientists and doctors are studying meditation techniques as a way to keep stress under control. Also, studies show practices such as yoga and Zen meditation induce metabolic and hormonal changes in your body that improve your overall health. Some techniques are known to help decrease blood pressure and protect your blood vessels and your heart function. Breathing techniques can help you relax and relieve stress, which is often behind high blood pressure.
If you want to keep your blood pressure under control, you should take a few minutes each day to meditate or perform some brief breathing exercises. Inhale deeply, fill your lower belly with air, and then exhale and let all muscles relax, letting go of all tension. Do it for about five minutes a year and you will notice how your mental and physical wellbeing increases, including your blood pressure figures.