April 2nd, 2010
by Jodi · Filed Under: AHA GoREDforWomen
Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure strains your heart and damages your blood vessels over a long period of time. Most of us have no idea we are a walking time bomb. We think because we are thin or ‘not obese’ that we do not have high blood pressure. This can’t be further from the truth. High BP is also genetic and sneak in and do some major damage when you least expect it.
Consistent exercise, a healthy diet like you read about on Jodiojo and quitting smoking are the best ways to combat high blood pressure. Much ado has been made about sodium but this is not much of a concern if you are eating a clean diet. Unprocessed foods contain minimal amounts of sodium and in some cases, people need to actually supplement their diet with sodium because there is so little in the foods they are eating.
Before hopping on meds, try modifying your diet and exercise regimen first. You’ll be surprised at how much you can change in a relatively short time.