Weight loss has been found to be the single most important factor in reducing blood pressure. According to data from the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, a weight reduction of 10 kilograms or 22 pounds can lead to a 5-20 point reduction in systolic blood pressure (the top number).
Rest & Relaxation aka "Vitamin R" - Most of us are aware that most illnesses are related to the downstream effects of stress, so just know that you really do need a vacation. No, really! The mind-body connection is incredibly profound, and our thoughts can have a direct impact on our physiology. Specifically with blood pressure, mental stress can disrupt the balance of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates our fight or flight response.
Nutrition - By nutrition, we mean diet + supplementation. Many nutrients play a role in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. This point is especially important for those taking blood pressure medication. Biomedical research has revealed that medications used to treat high blood pressure, though necessary in more advanced stages, can deplete nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy blood pressure naturally. If you're thinking you're getting enough nutrients from your diet, think again. If you're thinking you're getting enough nutrients from your supplements, think again. How do you really know? --by doing a blood test. According to a University of Texas study, 50% of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient.
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