These days, many doctors recommend blood pressure levels at about 119/70 and unfortunately most men in the country experience difficulty keeping these levels at a safe point. Without healthy blood pressure levels, the risk of heart attacks or strokes sharply rise. An overall solid fitness and nutrition plan, coupled with relaxation and mental exercises, seem to address the majority of life’s health concerns, and this includes blood pressure.
High blood pressure is caused by a number of factors, including diet and stress. New research seems to continually suggest different dietary options that help decrease blood pressure—from eating meat, to not eating meat, to lowering blood sugar to avoiding gluten. It’s impossible to compile all of these theories in a short article, however a few simple measures appear to be consistently reported by professionals as ways to keep the blood pressure levels on track—and provide the peace of mind associated with good health.
The Journal of Medicine and Food reports that men who replaced their normal cooking products—butter and other oils—with sesame oil for 45 days significantly reduced their blood pressure. This is probably because oils and fats are essential and healthy for us. But, the big difference is what type of oil is consumed. Saturated fats found in your corner store Twinkie are going to increase cholesterol production and strain your blood vessels, while the good fats are polyunsaturated fats, such as sesame oil, which decrease LDL levels, improve* heart health, and blood pressure.
Another factor is drinking and cigarettes. Both of these stimulants have long been reported to add blood pressure risks. Although some wine from time to time appears perfectly fine—and healthy—binge drinking and heavy amounts of beer are good for nobody. Moderate alcohol, and avoid tobacco altogether, for immediate blood pressure improvements.
Finally, maybe the biggest factor is stress-levels and mental health. If you’re the type of person who worries about everything—including things that are not your concern, or what your boss said a month ago—it’s time to practice a bit of relaxation, meditation, and learning to let things go. While a nutritionist will help you figure out the best foods to lower blood pressure, and a doctor may help you kick habits like smoking, a therapist may play the most important role in helping a patient relax and improve* mental outlooks in order to reduce stress—and therefore reduce blood pressure.