Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Hypertension is a serious problem that can cause complications like heart attack, stroke and even heart failure. However, there is good news. Hypertension can be controlled and in some cases eradicated with a few simple lifestyle changes.
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Most doctors will instruct you to exercise, eat healthily and decrease stress. But there are other risk factors to take into consideration like being black. Black people are at the top of the statistics for being one of the ethnicities to have the highest blood pressure. I want to share with you five simple ways to lower your blood pressure by making these lifestyle changes.
Eat a well-balanced low sodium diet
According to the American Heart Association, you should have no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults, especially for those with high blood pressure. You can also lower your sodium intake by knowing exactly which foods are high in sodium.
Limiting the amount of packaged and processed food you consume can lower your sodium intake. Also, limit the amount of