Lower Your Blood Pressure With These Tips

Lower Your Blood Pressure With These Tips

October 17, 2019 9 By Bertrand Dibbert


How To Lower Your Blood Pressure When it comes to taking care of your life
and body, staying healthy is a full time job. This is especially true for people who struggle
with certain medical conditions which require special attention and consideration, such
as people with high blood pressure. However, if you or someone close to you is
currently suffering from blood pressure related problems, you might have some good news on
the way; the NEWSTART Lifestyle program is a new approach towards managing blood pressure,
developed by a team led by M. Alfredo Mejida. Mejida is an associate professor at the University
of Michigan, and makes the claim that the NEWSTART program may be an effective way to
keep blood pressure under control without the need or use of medications or other medical
interventions. Instead, this program places a strong emphasis
on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and a well maintained sleep schedule. Before we continue, be sure to subscribe to
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content. Mejida first presented the findings he and
his team uncovered at the 2019 meeting of the American Society of Nutrition in Boston,
Massachusetts. In the initial study used to test the effects
of the NEWSTART lifestyle, Mejida and his team of researchers focused on a group of
117 participants, all of whom struggled with high blood pressure. After two weeks of following the NEWSTART
lifestyle program, all of the participants involved were reported to have lower blood
pressure levels than when they started, with half of the total number of participants having
their blood pressure dropped all the way down to recommended levels. This is extremely noteworthy, as the results
produced by the participants in this study are comparable to the results that are most
common among those who regularly use medication in order to manage blood pressure. So what does the NEWSTART lifestyle entail,
you may ask? For starters, the NEWSTART lifestyle program
prescribes a specialized vegan diet, giving priority to plant based food items such as
fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Additionally, participants in the NEWSTART
lifestyle program are encouraged to exercise regularly and get a good night’s sleep every
night, in addition to staying properly hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water every
day. While the results of the NEWSTART Lifestyle
Program as demonstrated by the participant bgroup is significant, they’re not exactly
surprising. At least, that’s what some experts in the
medical and nutritional fields seem to claim. According to Dr. Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist
at the National Jewish Health Institute in Colorado, the findings of Mejida and his team’s
research are actually to be expected. In an interview with Healthline, Freeman says: “Exercise, particularly cardio and aerobic
exercise, has been known to be a potent dropper of blood pressure for a long time, and we
know that fruits and vegetables rich in potassium and naturally occurring nitrates can actually
lower blood pressure as effectively as many of the medications […] So that, to me, is
no surprise. It’s nice that they put it all together
in this study.” However, despite the seemingly obvious and
apparent results that these changes can have on a person’s blood pressure, there are
many who seem uninterested in the idea of completely overhauling their established lifestyle,
even if there are guaranteed health benefits involved with doing so. According to Dr. Freeman, there are still
many individuals who would prefer the relative simplicity of regulating their blood pressure
via medication as opposed to making any major changes in terms of diet, exercise or sleep
schedule. However, even for blood pressure patients
who regularly use prescription medications, lifestyle will nevertheless continue to play
an important factor in the individual’s overall health. Freeman says: “If you look at the latest blood pressure
guidelines, no matter what you do, lifestyle intervention is supposed to be part of the
plan […] So even if you use so-called standard Western medicine, lifestyle is still a factor. I want to make sure I underscore that because
it’s something that’s often missed.” This isn’t to say that all of the onus in
terms of lifestyle health should be placed squarely on the patients with high blood pressure,
as that would be unfair. As Dr. Freeman suggests, there are many cases
in which the doctors of these patients may be equally culpable as well. For instance, Dr. Freeman co-authored a study
conducted in 2017 surveyed a group of over 900 different licensed cardiologists. According to the findings of the survey, 90
percent of the cardiologists surveyed reported that they had received little to no formal
training or education in relation to the importance of nutrition. As Freeman postulates, if more cardiologists
were educated in the field of nutrition as part of their medical training, they could
potentially be more well equipped when dispensing advice to their patients. As Freeman concludes in his Healthline interview: “It’s important to remind all the healthcare
people out there that we need to arm ourselves with every tool in the arsenal […] That
includes medications and procedures of course, but we really need to learn more about lifestyle
medicine, and a lot of those gaps that are created during our training, we really need
to spend time filling so that we have the tools available to treat diseases better — and
more cheaply, for that matter.” To put it simply, there are no easy ways out
when it comes to maintaining your own cardiovascular health. Eating right, staying hydrated, staying active
and maintaining a proper sleep schedule are all important components to keeping your blood
pressure at healthy levels; however, this isn’t to say that any of these things don’t
require at least a certain degree of commitment, discipline and effort. For people with high blood pressure, a long
term commitment to these lifestyle changes is the most important way to keep your cardiovascular
health on track and ensure that you are doing everything within your power to take the reigns
of your own personal health. At the same time however, we don’t mean
to demonize blood pressure medications entirely; indeed, they may prove to be necessary for
people with more serious complications related to high blood pressure. In the end, it just comes down to doing what
you can to maintain your own heart health based on the information you receive from
the experts and professionals in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Did you find this video helpful or informative? For viewers who may struggle with high blood
pressure, what measures do you take in your everyday life to help keep your heart healthy,
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