High blood pressure (also referred to as hypertension) occurs when a force of blood pushes against the lining of the arteries and then remains at this higher force for a period of time. You might be thinking, well there must be more to it than that. You’re right! While high blood pressure itself might not sound that scary, it has a lot of scary effects. High blood pressure can be extremely dangerous because it not only damages the blood vessels, it puts a huge stress on other important organs like the heart and brain. It’s been known to increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
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Unfortunately, some people can’t avoid developing high blood pressure because of their risk. While there are many risk factors that we can’t change like age, family history, or ethnicity, there are plenty of easy lifestyle habits that can help control and manage it. There’s also a long list of things the average person can do to prevent it from developing in the future. Here are some of the best ways to prevent high blood pressure…
1. Eat Healthy
There are many things on this list that people should be doing anyways, regardless of their risk for high blood pressure, and this is one of them. Eating a healthy and well balanced diet is something we should all strive for, no matter what health concerns we might have. But if you need one more reason to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables, then we’ve got a big one! A healthy diet can help keep blood pressure under control. Everyday Health suggests following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (also known as the DASH diet) because it has shown to have a positive impact on managing blood pressure.
In addition to eating a healthy well-rounded diet, there are several foods that work to help relieve high blood pressure. Someone suffering from hypertension should try eating more greens, berries, beets, milk, oats, bananas, fish, plant seeds, sweet potatoes, dark chocolate (in moderation), pistachios, and eggs.