Making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis, can help to lower blood pressure, according to Mayo Clinic. A person who has hypertension or pre-hypertension should eat a diet that is low in sodium and caffeine as both salt and caffeine can elevate blood pressure. Living a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight and having a high weight can also lead to high blood pressure.Continue Reading
People who are overweight or obese should eat a balanced diet to help them get down to a healthy weight. This can lower the probability of suffering from high blood pressure. People who have high blood pressure should limit their sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day, while people who don't have high blood pressure should limit sodium to 2,300 mg per day. Making sure the diet includes a sufficient amount of potassium may help, according Mayo Clinic, because potassium fights the effects of sodium.
The American Heart Association says that managing stress is vital for people who are trying to control their blood pressure. Mayo Clinic says that while people can't typically eliminate all stress, they should learn how to respond to those stresses in a healthy manner.
Avoiding cigarette smoke and second-hand smoke can also help to control blood pressure. The same goes for alcohol, notes the AHA.
For people who are unable to lower blood pressure naturally, blood pressure medication may be necessary.Learn more about Cardiac Health