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For those of you who diet, you are used to watching calories and fat content. Now, there is a new number to watch. It is sodium grams. Once you are aware of a problem, you should aim for not much over 1500 grams.

It's pretty amazing the results you will have just by watching the sodium. The night I went to the hospital because of extremely high blood pressure, my blood pressure reached 210/110. Immediately, I was told to watch sodium, and my blood pressure started lowering within days.

If you slow down the consumption of packaged foods, your sodium content will decrease. Every label on packaged foods has the sodium content on it. Add up how many sodium grams you are eating during the day.

Then there is POTASSIUM. It is the nutrient you want to load up on. It basically counteracts the sodium, so if you find your sodium numbers too high, load up on potassium-rich foods, which especially include bananas, almonds, raisins, and lots of other fruits and vegetables.

Ways to Reduce Stress 
Stress is a huge contributor to high blood pressure. So take a minute and think, "What is it that's stressing me out the most?" If you are like me, things can get piled up, literally as well as in my mind.

  • Make a list every night of the things you need to do the next day. Somehow, that actually should help you to sleep better if your to-do list is on paper and somehow easing your mind. Cross things off as you complete each item.
  • If there are phone calls you haven't made, set aside an hour a day and start dialling those numbers and connecting with people, whether it's for business or pleasure.
  • Breathe - take four deep breaths to a count of seven; then hold for a count of seven; now blow out to a count of - you guessed it - seven! Now repeat four times. You'll be able to actually FEEL your body relax a bit.
  • Plan a vacation, even if it is a year away. When I start looking at places like the beach, or a cruise, I can actually feel my body relax.

Lowering Blood Pressure with Exercise 
I know the story; in fact I've said it many times myself! "But I don't have time for exercise!" You might ask how exercise is going to help with to lower your bp? Well, think about it. We exercise to make our muscles stronger. What muscle in your body could be more important to strengthen than the muscle that keeps all your blood circulating, your heart?

If you are just starting out, take a walk for 30 minutes, or do things like take the stairs instead of the elevator. Doing activities that make your heart work a little harder is going to start to strengthen your heart. When your heart is stronger, that makes it easier for it to pump the blood throughout your body.


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