9 Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Blood Pressure

Happy Monday!

February is Heart Health Month and whenever I think of heart health, I think of two important people in my life: My grandmother and my dad.

When I was growing up, my grandparents lived with us which was such a gift to me. Through my grandmother, I learned to love the kitchen, creating new dishes while turning left overs into delicious creations. Because of her, I am still a peasant at heart and save frugally every scrap of vegetable to make a stock or bits of fish or chicken to add to my salads. Little is wasted in my home…

Through my grandmother (and now my dad) I also got a first hand look at how arduous it can be to manage heart disease. By the time she was my age, my grandmother suffered several heart attacks and took fistfuls of pills every day to prevent another. Over time, heart disease turned into diabetes and hypothyroidism, and each came with it’s own cocktail of pills. She eventually learned to reduce fats and meats in her diet and increase the amount of vegetables and fruit but not before her meds made her lose her hair and her memory. Had she started earlier, it is likely that none of this would have happened. My dad, ever vigilant of every ache and pain, was on top of his condition early on and has thankfully been without serious incident.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world! While there is a genetic predisposition to this disease, it is also highly preventable. And one of the first places to begin making change is with your blood pressure.

Known as a silent killer because it has virtually no symptoms, hypertension is one of the leading causes of heart disease. If it goes untreated it can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease.

In today’s video I am going to share with you 9 lifestyle habits that will help you begin to manage your blood pressure right away.

Once you’ve watched, I want to hear from you! Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Did your doctor let you off with a warning and some advice on changing your diet? Did you go on meds right away? I’d love to hear what measures you took to manage your blood pressure.

As always, it is a privilege to be with you on Monday! I look forward to hearing your comments in the blog below.

Have a happy and healthy week!

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14 comments on “9 Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Blood Pressure

  1. AvatarBill

    Hi Barbara,
    I tried signing up at the web site, but i didn’t get an e-mail from you yet….I hit the subscribe and it says you sent me an e-mail

  2. AvatarJeannette franklin

    Hi Barbar
    I’ve just found you on u tube, I really would like to get into your way of thinking,I’m 67, I don’t drink, but every night my body ache, I’ve got high blood pressure but not to high, and get palpitations,have stop all caffein and red wine that as helped. I have signed up for your Monday email, and have been on your website it looks great.by the way I’m on Atorastatin 20mg Cilazapril 2.5 mg and Diltiazem for my palpitations, I would love to come off then or reduce

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      hanks Jeanette~ Glad you found the info helpful. I can’t give specific advise to viewers that I am not working with, but I can say this: assess how much sugar is in your diet and see if there is a way to reduce… that may help the palpitations.
      Best to you~

  3. AvatarJanis

    Hi Barbara,
    Thank you for another great video blog. I have been reading/listening to your blogs for a couple of years now and I look forward to them every Monday. You recommend having a green juice every day and I was wondering if green smoothies count. I know that the nutrients are more concentrated in juice, but I have a Vitamix and like to make smoothies. I have them a couple of times a week and I always use green leafy veggies, celery and fruit.

      1. AvatarJanis

        Hi Barbara,
        Thank you for asking!
        My smoothies always contain water, romaine lettuce (plus kale or spinach, depending on what I have on hand) celery, a frozen banana and frozen blueberries (or an apple) and some chia seeds. Let me know what you think.

  4. AvatarIraida Mendez

    Wonderful video!. So much knowledge inside that beautiful head!.
    Your father can certainly benefit from all those simple changes .
    Keep doing such good work!. Love you, MOM


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