The older we get, the more prone we are to high blood pressure.
Women in particular are more likely to have high blood pressure after menopause.
You can have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and still feel just fine.
Studies have shown that a lot of adult Nigerians may have high blood pressure but do not know because they are not sick and do not have any signs of illness that can be seen or felt.
This is why high blood pressure is sometimes referred to as “the silent killer”.
You must check your blood pressure regularly.
How to control high blood pressure:
- Overweight women are at a higher risk of having HBP so we need to cut that weight down.
There are several diets out there. Research on as many as you can and then pick the one that suits your lifestyle the most. If you are the type that works regularly, then keto may not be best for you because you need carbs to sustain your energy. A low-carb diet may be better than keto for you. Or you just count your calories and replace processed carbs with healthier options.
- Exercise regularly. For me, exercise is my way of dealing with stress. If you don’t have an active social life ie partying etc you need other means of de-stressing and exercise is a great option. Besides, moderate exercise done regularly can lower your risk of high blood pressure.
- Food. Food can heal and it can also do the opposite of healing. Watch what goes into your mouth especially as you advance in age. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are some foods that should be added to your meal plan. Apart from the fact that they are filling and satisfying, they also help lower blood pressure.
- Cut down on all those “habits” that you acquired over the years ie Drinking Alcohol, Smoking, etc. Your body is not as young as it used to be. Reduce them drastically or cut them out completely. Your state of health is very important.
- Reduce your salt intake. Have a plan to replace at least one meal every day with fruits and vegetables that do not require adding salt for taste. This would help reduce salt intake to a considerable amount.
- Sleep well. Did you know that sleep helps you lose weight? I was researching this a while ago, women who do not sleep up to 9 hours every day will find it difficult to lose weight. And we’re not talking about only sleeping but enjoying deep sleep! Getting an adequate amount of deep sleep every night, is restorative and helps in providing both mental and physical recovery benefits, which supports the weight-loss. So if you’ve been finding it difficult to lose weight despite your best efforts then you need to look into your sleep habits
- Finally, you have to learn to manage your stress. I know that this can be tough particularly if you like in a country such as ours. But the truth is that if you let the stress get to you, you will find yourself in a much worse situation. Take time off to cool off and meditate. Shut down everything that could be a stressor. Allow yourself to make mistakes, you’re flawed after all and not perfect. Have a deep connection with God. Focus on the positives, learn from your mistakes and move on.