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  • Writer's pictureTeresa Conrad

Preventing High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

So momma is scheduled to have laser eye surgery this week and 2 weeks ago the doctor said she needed to lower her blood pressure. His go-to was to prescribe her amlodipine....I get it. He wanted to get her blood pressure down fast. She felt sick 2 days later because amlodipine is meant for people who have already been on blood pressure medicine before and she hasn't. I'm livid.

If you know me, I hate meds. I always have. I even try to avoid Advil or Tylenol (unless I'm in extreme pain from spraining my ankle while jump roping hehe). My brother was prescribed meds for graves disease years ago and was given too high of a dosage and then weened off too fast. Paranoia, hallucinations...not fun. And now this with my mom. Like come on.

I know genetics contributes to many diseases, but I truly believe that taking care of your health can prevent a lot. Anyways, here are ways to prevent high blood pressure:

1. Eating a Healthy, Balanced Diet.

Fruits, veggies, protein, healthy fats. Low sodium. So this new carnivore diet is bullshit. Excuse my French. If you haven't heard about it, google it.

2. Regular Physical Activity

30 minutes a day. Make time for it. Go for a walk. Lift some weights. Play with your dog. Play with someone else's dog. Twerk. Everyone has 30 minutes they can spare if you make it a priority. Make it happen.

3. Limit Alcohol

Men should have no more than 2 drinks a day and women 1 a day. Sorry ladies.

4. No Smoking

Cigarette smoking raises blood pressure and puts you at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. And your breath and clothes stink no matter how much you try and cover it with perfume/colon. We all can smell it.

5. Sign up for Conrads Coaching - Find Your Fitness Lifestyle

I know you'll love it. Customized workouts on your phone. Videos included. All centralized in an app. Just do it, save ya life. Take my application: Click here!

Blood Pressure Numbers

Systolic blood pressure (the first number) – how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats.

Diastolic blood pressure (the second number) – how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.


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