Re: Stressed about high blood pressure
That is a high reading and needs attention. Do you take your BP at home? You need to know if BP is always high or just at the Dr's office? Take a reading morning, afternoon and evening at home for several days and see if it's always high. Relax for 5 minutes before a reading. What is your lowest home reading?
You are drinking way too much caffeine. Start drinking water instead of sodas. It's tough to break the soda habit I know. I used to drink two soda's a day. Now I drink lots of water and a variety of decaf green teas. To make the transition easier to water/teas, start with vitamin or carb water so you have lots of flavor, to make transition easier. Switch to decaf coffee.
Did Dr not suggest BP meds? Or did you decline?
If always above 160/90, you need to take aggressive action. Cut the caffeine now. Take daily BP readings to see if that helped. If not, take more action. Do research to find supplements known to lower BP. One of the most powerful I know is pomegranate juice. Just as powerful as BP ACE med!:
"They were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants' blood pressure lower by over 20 percent , but there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque." - Dr Furhman
What if, instead of soda, you drank pomegranate juice each day? Who knows you might get same results. I haven't done so yet but I plan to (I'm trying other things first)
Last edited by easygoingguy; 02-22-2012 at 08:03 PM.