High Blood Pressure-7 Causes and Tips to Controlling High Blood Pressure

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Published: 25th June 2015
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What is high blood pressure? Put simply, it is whenever the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it could cause health problems. Although this is a simple definition, the causes of high blood pressure are far from simple. In fact, it is the reason I got involved in working out and exercising in the first place. At 16 years old, I suffered from this disease. Interested, I began researching for my own personal knowledge, why many people develop this disease even at an early age. Here are the top 7 causes and tips that I've found for managing or preventing high blood pressure.

Top 7 Causes for High Blood Pressure:

Smoking- The solution to this one may be simple. Don't smoke! Although just because someone smokes, it does not mean they will develop this disease.

Being Overweight or Obese- It may seem hard to lose weight; it can actually be very easy. By simply buying whole foods like fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grains, and fish or meat, you can easily lose weight. Think about this. Your body requires almost 10 times more energy to process a gram of protein than a gram of fat. This means you burn more calories by simply eating more protein-rich foods instead of fats.

Lack of Physical Activity- I know, I know, working out is hard. But here's the thing. It's supposed to be! If you can just make yourself exercise (even going for a walk) for 15-30 minutes five times a week, you may notice a dramatic difference not only in blood pressure, but in your health overall. Physical activity opens up blood vessels and keeps the pressure in your veins and arteries at normal levels.

Too Much Salt in the Diet- This one can be tough. I know because I still struggle with it. My solution for this is to watch how much seasoning I put on my food and to regularly check the sodium content for what I eat. Think this tip won't help much? Diets high in salt are believed to be responsible for 20 to 40 percent of all cases of high blood pressure in the United States.

Stress- Feeling stressed out from your job or home? Here's a simple but effective tip. Drink a glass of milk! Stress lowers levels of serotonin, a chemical that helps our bodies stay calm. Milk contains whey protein which can help boost tryptophan, a building block of serotonin, by 43 percent.

Genetics and Family History- I believe this cause is one that currently and will always affect me. Sometimes, you are just "blessed" with a bad family history or certain genetics. In my eyes though, this cause is what should make you fight harder to overcome any disease. By taking control of your life now, you can make a better future for yourself down the road.

Older Age-Unfortunately, we all age. The difference is that some age better than others. By using the tips above, you can choose to be someone who doesn't let their age affect their health nearly as much as it should.

These 7 causes and tips are not meant to be medical advice, but are to help guide you down the right path when it comes to controlling your health. Understand, however, that even if you keep all 7 of these causes in check, you may still unfortunately have high blood pressure. For example, after 16, I started dieting and exercising regularly. At 18, I found I still couldn't overcome my high blood pressure no matter what I did. Eventually though, I did find a solution to controlling my high blood pressure. Although these 7 causes of high blood pressure are important, there is even 1 more cause out there that is overlooked by almost everyone.

Hunter Boudreaux is a fitness enthusiast as well as an expert on living a healthy lifestyle. He constantly researches to find new ways to stay healthy and young as well as how to best avoid diseases that come with aging. To learn more about how Hunter overcomes the final unknown cause of blood pressure, visit Controlling High Blood Pressure.

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