Do You Know the Causes of High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is a serious condition that can cause many health problems. It can also be called hypertension. Your blood pressure is the force of blood pushing on the walls of arteries while the heart pumps blood. When you have high blood pressure, the force of blood will rise and it can damage the body in many ways. Having high blood pressure, or hypertension, is dangerous because it makes your heart work harder to pump blood throughout your body. A person with high blood pressure can easily get caught with several other serious conditions such as heart disease, heart failure and kidney failure.
What causes high blood pressure? There is not one known cause in the rising of blood pressure, but many things can contribute to it, including:
  • Ingesting too much salt or alcohol
  • Lack of physical activity/ being overweight/obese
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Genetics/ family history of hypertension
  • Smoking
High blood pressure is actually pretty common with adults as they get older because of their lack of physical activity and eating habits. According to WebMD, about one in every four American adults suffers from high blood pressure.
To prevent being one of the statistics, be sure to stay active for at least an hour a day and watch the amount of sodium you ingest. Also, maintaining a healthy weight is very important not just to prevent hypertension, but prevention of other serious conditions as well. Stress is a large factor in the rising of blood pressure so keeping your stress level down is always a good idea. There are also nutrients you can eat to prevent high blood pressure, including:
  • Fish oils
  • Magnesium
  • Garlic
  • Calcium
  • Potassium 
If you have high blood pressure, you want to also put the following into your daily routine:
  • Stay away from tobacco products
  • Monitor your numbers and check with your doctor regularly
  • Watch what you eat; make sure it’s healthy
    • Boost your potassium intake
    • Avoid junk foods
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