Sometimes, it can feel like all you do is take one pill after the other. If you feel like you are taking too many pills already, and your doctor has warned you that your blood pressure is getting high, here are a few things that you can do to get your blood pressure under control before medication is necessary.
#1 Start By Cutting Out Sodium
One of the first things that you need to do is start cutting sodium out of your diet. You may be thinking that you don't add any extra salt to your meals; however, if you eat pre-packed food or frozen meals, you are probably consuming a lot more salt than you realize.
Go home and look at the food that you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and find the sodium information on the nutrition facts. Start adding up the sodium that you eat every day. You may be surprised by how large that number is.
You don't need to get rid of all sodium immediately, however, you need to create a plan to slowly cut back the sodium in your diet. Start with your breakfast and see what you can substituted instead. Try to eat heart-healthy breakfast foods like oatmeal, grits or quinoa. Add more flavor to your breakfast with some eggs or avocado or fresh fruit fruit. Try to make your breakfast time less process and based more on whole foods. Breakfast is usually an easy place to start.
Over time, try to sub pre-packed meals for homemade meals whose primary ingredients are fruits, vegetables, meats and whole-grain items. Start by just making one sodium-free dinner per week, and work your way up until over the course of a couple of months, you have cut out all dinner related sodium.
Last, move onto your lunch and snacks. It is okay if this process takes you a few months or even an entire year; the idea is to change your lifestyle so that you can sustain it.
#2 Visit Your Chiropractor
You may be surprised to learn that your chiropractor can help you manage your blood pressure. They can help you manage the stress in your body that is causing your high blood pressure. They can adjust your body and reduce the pain and thus the stress that can cause.
Many chiropractors also carry additional certifications in fields such as nutrition. See if your chiropractor carries any additional certifications. They may be able to help you adjust your diet and help you with your goal to lower the amount of sodium that you consume. They can look over your diet and help ensure that you are still getting the other nutrients that you need in your new meal plan for an overall healthy lifestyle. They can ever offer exercise suggestions and stretches as well that will help you stay healthy.
If your blood pressure is getting high, work to lower it before the need for medication is unavoidable. For more information, contact a company like Centerpointe Chiropractic - Lou Rossi DC.