Probiotics, defined as ‘live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host’, are finally becoming an option for gastroenterologists in Canada, after being available for many years in Japan, Europe and the United States of America. Unfortunately, Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration have not controlled the use of the term ‘probiotic’ or put into place United Nations and World Health Organization guidelines. The net result is that a plethora of products called ‘probiotics’ are available that are not truly probiotic. Make no mistake there are some dangerous strains of probiotics.
High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that often leads to serious and sometimes fatal consequences. If you have been diagnosed with pre-high blood pressure it’s critical that you act immediately before the condition worsens into full-blown high blood pressure. If you already have high blood pressure, you should know that high blood pressure management is possible. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy blood pressure.
1. Quit Smoking
There are lots of reasons to quit smoking, but did you know smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure? The very best thing you can do for your health is to quit smoking starting now.
2. Avoid Excess Alcohol
Alcohol constricts blood vessels, raising blood pressure in the process. Enjoy alcohol in moderation; men should limit themselves to two units per day. Women are advised to have no more than one unit of alcohol per day.
3. Exercise Regularly
Attempt to engage in exercise for 20-30 minutes at least four times a week. This will help to strengthen the heart muscle and improve circulation, thereby helping to prevent high blood pressure.
4. Have a Stress Reliever
Often, stress can’t be avoided. But it’s important to have a stress reliever in place that works for you. Maybe it’s meditation, a warm bath, a puzzle book, or some gardening in the backyard. Find out what relaxes you and indulge in that activity whenever you feel your blood pressure rising.
5. Moderate Salt Intake
Too much salt in the diet can raise blood pressure levels. Processed foods contain high amounts of hidden added salt, so try to eat whole foods and beverages as much as possible. The professional recommendation is to keep sodium levels under 2400 mg. per day.
6. Supplement With Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral that your body needs for a wide variety of functions. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 physiological processes. When you supplement with magnesium, you’re giving your body support for energy production, regulation of blood sugar, muscle function and—most importantly—proper levels of blood pressure. Magnesium is called the “relaxation” mineral because it helps calm the entire body, resulting in a consistent blood pressure that supports optimal health.
These are five great tips for high blood pressure prevention and management. Remember, high blood pressure is a serious condition that needs to be monitored by your physician. For more information about supplements for high blood pressure, please contact us today.