avoid those triggers as much as possible. You might find it helpful to learn a few stress management techniques for when the going gets tough.
5. Eat more dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate seems to be the food that keeps on giving. Not only does it boost your energy and reduce inflammation, but did you know that just one small square a day can lower your blood pressure? This is due to the fact that dark chocolate is rich in antioxidant flavonoids. Now, that’s sweet!
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6. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
We’re not saying that you have to completely swear off drinking because after all, what is a good party, vacay or get-together with friends without an ice, cold piña colada? Try to keep your alcohol consumption to no more than one glass per day.
As for smoking, besides lung cancer, COPD, heart disease, infertility and the other dangers of smoking, tobacco products can raise your blood pressure. Although difficult at first, quitting certainly has its health benefits and pays off in the long run.
7. Cut back on caffeine.
Let’s be honest: We’ve all been guilty of turning to a cup of Joe in the morning to help us feel more awake and come to terms with the day, but too much caffeine is known to cause spikes in your blood pressure; however, at this point, it’s still unknown whether the spike is temporary or long-lasting. Whenever possible, opt for decaf.