According to guidelines from the American Heart Association, nearly ½ of adults in the United States have high blood pressure or hypertension. Doctors use various charts to determine what is considered high blood pressure, and it is now believed that people in the 130 to 139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic range are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to people with normal blood pressure. While guidelines may be changing, many people fear it’s to aid the pharmaceutical companies by selling more medicine,However, not everyone that has high blood pressure needs to go on drugs.
While doctors first need to determine the underlying problem when a patient has high blood pressure, it is often due to the patient’s lifestyle, including diet and exercise. It is necessary for everyone regardless to adopt a healthy lifestyle including a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and more grains. Exercise in all forms (cardio and weights) is important to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle.
To reduce your systolic pressure, Nutrition Action recommends loading up on fruits and vegetables, eat less bad fats and added sugars and salts, exercise more aiming for 90-150 minutes a week of aerobic and/or resistance training, lose weight (expect your blood pressure to drop 1 point per 2 pds of weight you lose), get more potassium from foods, cut down on salt, and limit your alcohol intake (stop at 1 drink/day for women and 2/day for men. (Ok women, we know, its so not fair!).
After losing weight with the help of your BodyTech coaches, we teach you how to incorporate fruits, exercise (you already have the vegetables down pat) and yes, alcohol into your diet so that you can be the healthiest you (and not regain the weight).