High blood pressure can cause serious damage to our overall health. The center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that about 70 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure which means that one out of three adults have high blood pressure. And only about half of them have their condition under control. People must control blood pressure because as we previously said, it can cause damage to the body or even worse, it can be fatal.
Make sure to check your blood pressure from time to time, since there are few to no symptoms of high blood pressure. As a result, half of people with high blood pressure are completely unaware of it.
Symptoms may only appear in severe cases of high blood pressure. Signs of a serious hypertension problem include:
- Abnormal heart beat
- Chest pain
- Feeling confused or other neurological symptoms
- Blurred vision
Health consequences that may occur if high blood pressure is left untreated include:
- Fluid in the lungs
- Risk factors for high blood pressure
- Peripheral artery disease
- Memory loss
- Loss of vision
- Kidney damage
- Damage to the heart and coronary arteries – This can include a heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection and atherosclerosis (the hardening of arteries)
It is very important to know all the risk factors for developing hypertension since high blood pressure does not reveal symptoms to alert you that something is wrong. On the other hand, you cannot control several factors like a family history of high blood pressure, aging and even sleep apnea.
Other risk factors can be controlled. These include:
- Lack of Physical Activity
We are all well aware that exercising is very beneficial for our overall health. If you exercise on regular basis, it will help you keep your heart and circulatory system healthy. Those who are physically inactive, are at greater risk of high blood pressure, stoke, heart disease, blood vessel disease, etc. Staying active will also help you to stay at a healthy weight.
- Poor diet
Consuming processed food, fast food and soda can cause you high blood pressure . To prevent that, you should avoid these kind of diet, instead you should incorporate more healthy food like fruits ana vegetables, essential nutrients, and drinking a lot of water. A diet high in calories, fat, salt and sugar puts you at a higher risk for high blood pressure and a long list of other health problems.
- Heavy Alcohol Use
Overloading your body with alcohol will dramatically increase blood pressure, it will lead to stroke, irregular heartbeats, heart failure. Heavy and regular consumption will contribute to high triglycerides, cancer and other diseases.
Preventing High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure levels vary by age, race and ethnicity. You should check in with a health care professional to determine where your blood pressure levels are, versus where they should be. In order too keep your blood pressure where it needs to be, you should consume healthy foods, exercise, manage stress, quit smoking, limit alcohol, maintain a healthy weight, control salt intake, etc.
According to one research, you need to consume foods that are naturally low in sodium and high in at least 2 of these minerals: calcium, potassium and magnesium, in order to lower blood pressure naturally.
Here are several foods that you’ll want to incorporate into your diet to help reach your essential mineral goals:
- Red bell pepper
- White beans
- Sweet potatoes