What are you doing to keep your blood pressure lower?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
December 16, 2007 1:29pm CST
I'm trying to remember to take my medicine during this hectic holiday season. I'm trying to keep the salt low in what I'm eating and I'm trying to drink enough water. I try to shovel snow a little at at time. What do you do to keep your blood pressure low during this season?
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I don't have a problem with my blood pressure - yet, and I hope to not have to worry about it. I usually eat right, exercise a bit, try not to let things bother me. My husband on the other hand was put on medication in 2006. Most of his problem was stress related, but not all of it. When the stress went away (we were in a custody battle) the blood pressure stayed high. Almost exactly a year ago we found a new natural suppliment that helps with blood pressure and he is now off his medication completely! Yes, he takes his suppliment every day. He knows if he doesn't he's back on prescriptions again. Best of luck to you!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I've tried some supplements and in the past, they worked. But now I'm overweight and they don't work. CQ10, garlic, and another one that I can't think of. Until I get my weight down, the meds are the only thing working. What supplement is he on? TC
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
8 Jan 08
He's taking something called Prostolic - it's only available from Melaleuca, Inc. It's great because it uses more natural ingredients, not chemical ingredients. We've also got some great weight management solutions. If you think you'd be interested, let me know and we can chat a bit about it.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
10 Jan 08
I'm happy with my prescribed diet, thanks, but I will have to check out the other. Right now, part of my blood pressure problem was caused by Menopause. I have the same problem as my Mom. Her heart would race because the Estrogen and Testoterone (and who knows what else) were out of wack. So part of it is hereditary menopause problems. Take care
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@Hatley (164259)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Feb 08
I also try to keep my salt intqake very low and drink plenty of water also I am trying to keep from stressing out over things. Also am starting to exercise more as I need to lose weight. Walking is one good way to start or so I am told. I alsohave diabetes so have to lose weight. exercise and try to unstress myself. Get yourself a week planner for your pills as it really helps you to remember to take them and put it on your dining table so you remember to take them with your meals.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
17 Feb 08
I just bought a daily pill box. If it says Monday and I look in the little box and all 3 pills are still there, I didn't take them. If only 1 is left, I took my morning ones. I had to do that because I couldn't remember if I took there or not. Where I eat my food is a good idea. It's been sub-zero alternating with snow so walking hasn't really been a possibility, nearest indoor place to walk is 25 miles, but I have done some dancing in my living room and I walk a lot at work. Good luck on destressing, that and diet, I have a rough time with. Thanks for the response and I wish you good luck in what you are trying to do,t oo.
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
We have the same problem. But I used the after 6 pm diet and I loose weight. And that my BP follows. =)
• United States
20 Dec 07
My husband has horrible blood pressure and was just recently diagnosed with it because he fought me tooth and nail about going to the doctor about it. He was put on a beta blocker and bllod pressure meds. I have been trying to find creative ways to have him start eating healthier. He loves salt so I bought Mrs. Dash seasonings which dont contain salt and low sodium salt. I also have cut a lot of fat out of our diet and he doesnt even know the difference. He has a high stress job so when he comes home I let him relax and make dinner...if he is really lucky I will give him a massage and foot rub..lol..Only if he is REALLY lucky mind you. During this holiday season I dont get on him as much about it because he only has the good but bad for you food when we go to a holiday party with family. I started packing his lunches so he doesnt feel the need to do the fast food thing...yuck...Some of it isnt as bad but all in all its really bad for HBP. Good luck with yours though...Its tough I know just from dealing with my husbands! Happy Holidays! :)
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
21 Dec 07
Until they broke up my medication into two doses, morning and night, the medication was worse than the disease. I slept almost all the time. Now I'm doing way better. It's hard when I have to be gone all day. I need to bring all my own food if I go to the Drs., PT, and then to work. Other than breakfast, I need 2 meals and a snack. I really wish more fast food or something was more available in healthy amounts for those of us with low salt diets. The Drs. and FDA are supposed to go after food establishments for that next. Gee I wish someone would make me the foot rub/massage offer. He's really lucky. TC
• Philippines
18 Dec 07
always keep a low salt low fat diet... Do some exercise for atleast 20 minutes a day... You can work out at home if you want to... You should always have a creative mind. you should always take your prescribed medicines and remember not to eat so much fat and salty food for this season... Drink atleast 8 glasses a day... Merry Christmas! =D
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@jcyap888 (721)
• Philippines
17 Dec 07
my friend i try to eat lots of banana which has pottassium it help lower our blood pressure, i stop my salt in my diet and lots of water. and relax dont do lots of work!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
17 Dec 07
JCYAP88-I eat bananas and oranges, if you don't with diuretics for blood pressure, you could deplete your potasium and die. These are good points, thank you for responding, not everyone knows this. Target, Thanks, some people do like to use that potasium chloride, I see that being added to food, too. Take care
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
17 Dec 07
I do what you do, I try to delete my salt content, I try to drink a lot of water, and I shovel snow. I also try not to worry. The latter is what makes my blood pressure go up, that is what the nurse told me when I had to go to the hospital for tests. She said I had normal blood pressure but it was a little high and that was because I was worried about the tests.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Yes, worry is a problem Suspenseful. Unfortunately, my finances and my family make it very difficult not to worry. I, too, have blood pressure that goes up when I get upset and it seems like people come out of the woodwork to upset me. Target, there is enough salt in food without adding any for many of us in colder climates. I think that's what she means. Also she and I avoid high salt-added foods. If some of us older women drank 2 glasses of water an hour, we'd be in the bathroom every hour. Take care
@besthope44 (12141)
• India
24 Oct 10
Well true, hypertension causes attacks and most health problems, its highly dangerous and hence we should learn to manage hypertension.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Oct 10
OK, but what are you doing or what do people you know do to lower their blood pressure?
@besthope44 (12141)
• India
25 Oct 10
Well true, hypertension causes attacks and most health problems, its highly dangerous and hence we should learn to manage hypertension.
@Hatley (164259)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Feb 08
I also try to keep my salt intqake very low and drink plenty of water also I am trying to keep from stressing out over things. Also am starting to exercise more as I need to lose weight. Walking is one good way to start or so I am told. I alsohave diabetes so have to lose weight. exercise and try to unstress myself. Get yourself a week planner for your pills as it really helps you to remember to take them and put it on your dining table so you remember to take them with your meals.