If your blood pressure is high and you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension, you may be at major risk for stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and failure. Buti na ang, treating or lowering your high blood pressure is possible by living a healthy lifestyle. Konting tiis lang ang kailangan! Here are small sacrifices you can make to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level:
1. French fries, pizza, and potato chips? Tama na ‘yan!
Did you know that sodium can cause your blood pressure to rise? Reducing sodium, which is present in most processed food, will help maintain lower blood pressure. When buying food, always make sure to read the food label and choose low-sodium alternatives. Avoid salty snacks such as potato chips, corn chips and other chichirya. For breakfast, avoid high-sodium meal choices such as bacon and other processed meats or de lata.
2. Diet diet rin ‘pag may time!
Weight loss and healthy weight management plays a big role in treating and preventing high blood pressure. If you are overweight, you may be more likely to develop hypertension. Speak to your doctor to help you determine your target weight and start monitoring your eating habits. Choose foods that are high in potassium such as fruits and vegetables, which counteract the effects of sodium on blood pressure.
3. Balik alindog in 3, 2, 1…
The daily commute and long hours of work can eat up most of your day. However, regular exercise combined with a proper diet is essential to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and achieving your weight goals. No more excuses and procrastination! Talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program.Konting disiplina lang ‘yan! Stick to it!
4. Yosi? Kadiri! (Bye bye, bisyo!)
If you’re fond of drinking over the weekend or having the usual beer with your barkada, it’s time to cut back on your alcohol. Limit yourself to one or two drinks.If you’re not a regular drinker, ‘wag mo nang simulan. Smoking, on the other hand, increases both blood pressure and the risk for heart attack and stroke. Put your health first! Find other ways to enjoy your breaks or weekends. Surround yourself with people who can support your health goals. If you’re having a hard time quitting, speak to your doctor about how you can quit and live a healthier lifestyle.