Blood Pressure Medication Plus Healthy Lifestyle

In Active Seniors, Heart Health, nutrition by Jerry RothouseLeave a Comment


The word ‘blood’ has plenty of significance! Among all the parts of the body, the status of blood is the most eminent! It touches and is ever in contact with all the parts of the body, at all times! In other words, it is omnipresent.

We call our close relations, ‘blood relations’! Why not nose relations or ear relations?

Any damage to any part of the body, and the first thing that comes out is blood!

Blood can be compared to a super power! Super power influences the political activity anywhere in the world! Similarly, blood can influence physical activity anywhere in the body. Therefore, any severe damage to the quality and quantity of blood becomes fatal!

One such damage to the blood is blood pressure, which could either be high or low.

For lowering high blood pressure, many ‘antihypertensive’ medications are available in the market. A sub-category of antihypertensives, known as ‘beta blockers’ are used to reduce the heart rate. The intention of this medication is to reduce the output of blood from the heart.

One more category of antihypertensives are ‘nerve inhibitors’. The sympathetic nerves, the respective duty-allotted nerves go from the brain to all parts of the body, arteries included. They can cause the arteries to constrict, raising the blood pressure levels. This type of drug reduces the blood pressure by prohibiting these nerves from constricting the arteries.

Some more drugs are: Vasodilators, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers and calcium antagonists (calcium channel blockers).

Medication is not the be all and end all of blood pressure treatment. Certain lifestyle changes could also help you maintain a stable blood pressure. Diet and exercise also play an important role in controlling both high and low blood pressures. While treating blood pressure, self-medication can be dangerous. These drugs sometimes cause side-effects such as strokes or heart attacks. Keeping your weight under control is one of the sure-shot methods of controlling blood pressure.

Apples are considered invaluable in the treatment of high blood pressure. The apple diet has a rapid and considerable diuretic effect which causes increased urination, thus bringing the blood pressure down to normal. It also relieves the kidneys by reducing the supply of sodium chloride to a minimum. In addition, the high level of potassium in apples lowers the sodium level in the tissues.

And last but not the least, try to live a tension-free life, as it has a lot of advantages. This would help you to control your blood pressure levels. Now, you may ask, how to start living such a life?

Well, you can start by starting!


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