Warrington, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 10, 2009 -- People may be more likely to drink alcohol and eat foods high in salt, fat or sugar, while exercise programs fall by the wayside. For thousands of people who have high blood pressure or some form of heart disease keeping healthy over the Christmas season can be difficult. People may be more likely to drink alcohol and eat foods high in salt, fat or sugar, while exercise programs fall by the wayside. Willpower tends to take a back seat during the holidays, but for people with hypertension, the damage of unhealthy eating can have particularly negative consequences.
What you eat and drink can play a major role in keeping your blood pressure healthy. In general, the healthier your diet is, the lower your blood pressure will be. Salt is a key offender in raising blood pressure and most of us eat far too much of it - we should be eating less than 6g a day, but the majority of us are eating around 9g. All this extra salt makes our bodies hold onto excess water, which then raises blood pressure. Itâs not too hard to cut down on the white stuff - just try to shake less at the table and when cooking, and try to boost flavours with herbs and spices or seasonings like chili, ginger or lemon juice instead. But itâs also important to remember that around 80 per cent of the salt in our diets comes from manufactured foods, so beware the hidden salt in bread, breakfast cereals, and cheeses.
Lifestyle changes can go a long way towards preventing and lowering high blood pressure and these recommended changes also go a million miles towards helping the prevention or treatment of other cardiovascular diseases and conditions. The same risk-factor offenders pop up time and time again and they are no exception for high blood pressure; lack of exercise, high alcohol consumption, smoking, unhealthy diet and obesity.
Just a little bit of exercise, your blood pressure can be lowered. Activities that help your heart and blood vessels are best, and aerobic activity is the type that helps your heart the most. Cycling, swimming, walking briskly and jogging are all suitable activities and these forms of cardiovascular exercise will also help towards weight-loss goals as they are the most effective in burning excess fat and calories.
Drink too much alcohol; this will raise your blood pressure over time. Alcohol also contains a lot of calories which will make you gain weight. This will also increase your blood pressure. If you keep to the recommended limits for alcohol, this will help to keep your blood pressure down. The current recommended limits are 21 units of alcohol a week for men, and 14 units a week for women.
BHS approved blood pressure monitors can be purchased online from First Aid Warehouse, the UKâs premier supplier of medical and first aid equipment and accessories. First Aid Warehouse also stock a range of items to assist with exercise and weight loss goals such as step counters and body fat monitors, and there is also a very comprehensive range of vitamins, minerals, health supplements and smoking cessation products.
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