High blood pressure is more dangerous than you may think. Often caused by stress, anxiety, and poor eating habits, it comes with some nasty side effects. Aside from the obvious and most severe (being heart attack and stroke), there are some side effects that aren’t as noticeable but just as imperative to be aware of.
It’s important to know that the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body are essential to sustaining health. When high blood pressure goes untreated, it hardens and even stretches and thus weakens the arteries that bring oxygen to the brain and heart. This is particularly dangerous because any blockage to either of these organs can be fatal.
High blood pressure can affect many other parts inside the body before a heart attack or stroke occur. The kidneys can be affected by high blood pressure because of the risk of thickening and hardening to the walls of the blood vessels. When the blood vessels become hardened, the kidneys can’t flush out toxins, and this may result in needing medical treatment.
Besides major organs, even your eyes can give you clues that your blood pressure is too high. If you experience bleeding blood vessels or changes in vision, you should consider checking your blood pressure.
If you find that you have high blood pressure, you should take some changes into consideration to avoid awful medical treatments. There are plenty of things you can do to improve your blood pressure and avoid going to the hospital for them.
- Relax. Try to meditate for a few minutes each day to clear your mind and focus on your breathing.
- Eat a healthy diet. Implement more veggies such as leafy greens and beets, omega 3’s, and fruits into your diet to help improve blood pressure.
- Slow down. Practice slow, deep breathing to reduce heart rate.
- Exercise. Light exercise such as yoga and short walks can help you get away from stress of your day even if just for a little while. Exercising daily can help significantly in strengthening your heart and improving blood flow throughout your body.
- See a chiropractor. Your spine protects your central nervous system, a system that controls all functions and responses of the body. When one or more vertebrae is misaligned due to an injury, posture, stress, or other force, it can have an adverse effect on your health, including high blood pressure. A chiropractor aims to correct the misalignments and promote total body health and wellness.