Blood Pressure and Lifestyle

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to talk a little bit about High Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure can be handled in a very high percentage of cases with lifestyle changes so today I am going to run through some lifestyle changes that will help manage high blood pressure or ideally prevent it if you don’t.

First of all, what is considered high blood pressure?

Normal blood pressure is less that 120/80 mmHg
PreHypertension:  120-139/80-89 mmHg
Hypertension:  greater than 140/90 mmHg
Stage 1 Hypertension: 140-159/90-99 mmHg
Stage 2 Hypertension: 160 or greater/100 or greater mmHg

So, let me first say, that if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and are taking high blood pressure medication, consult you medical doctor before making any changes to lifestyle and do not try to change your medications without their help.

Ok, so what are some of the lifestyle changes you can do to try to effect your blood pressure?

1.  Lose weight if you are over weight.  This is huge in today’s society and affects everything in your life.  Too much to go into here.  But if you can make a positive change in your body weight it would create significant changes in your health!

2.  Quit Smoking.  This is another “duh” moment.  No need to expand here….just don’t smoke, there is nothing good about it for you, or those around you!

3.  Eat a healthy diet.  In short….focus on whole foods, foods without ingredients on the labels.  Foods that are delivered to your body the way God intended.

4.  Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet to less than 1,500 mg per day.  While there is some controversy as to the importance of this step, it is apparent that some people are hypersensitive to sodium intake and it can cause an increase in blood pressure.

5.  Get regular exercise….if your blood pressure is already eleveated, concentrate on low intensity cardio exercise such as walking and check with your doc to see if you are healthy enough to perform other types of exercise.  The reason for the caution here is that certain types of exercise raise your blood pressure during the performance of the exercise.

6.  Limit alcohol consumption to two drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women.

7.  Learn stress management techniques.  In today’s society this is critical, we must be able to manage stress!  There are several ways to accomplish stress management through prayer, meditation, positive affirmations etc…but one of the best ways to manage stress is to get a relaxing massage on a frequent basis.

8.  Regular Chiropractic adjustments.  A proper functioning nervous system is critical to the healthy functioning of all of the systems of the body….including the cardiovascular system.

Simple lifestyle changes.  May seem insignificant but many times the solution is something simple.  Give it a try, let me know your results!

Have a great day!

Dr. Sean Price

(Dr. Price is a Chiropractor serving the Fort Walton Beach Community.  Dr. Price has had much success in treating patients suffering from Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash (or other injuries suffered in a car accident).  Utilizing his nonsurgical spinal decompression technologies, Dr. Price has helped many patients find long term relief from chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, buldging discs, and arthritis.  You can find Dr. Price in Fort Walton Beach by visiting or call his office at 850-862-2224.)


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