High Blood Pressure

Get Email Updates

High Blood Pressure Guide

Christine Jeffries

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Lower Your Blood Pressure Without Medication

By Jody Smith HERWriter

If you have high blood pressure, the Mayo Clinic says there are a number of ways to treat it. And you may be able to do it without medication. Or if medication is still needed, a reduced amount may do the job.

"If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure (a systolic pressure — the top number — of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure — the bottom number — of 90 or above), you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down."

Before you go for a prescription, consider these ideas for lowering blood pressure without medication. If you have some extra weight that you should lose, dropping those pounds can make a dent in your blood pressure. Regular exercise can make a difference as well.

Too much alcohol or caffeine may contribute to high blood pressure. If you smoke, you should quit. Stress can make your blood pressure rise. It's never too late to find better ways of dealing with stress.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-pressure/HI00027/rss=1

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

Improved

1553 Health

Changed

573 Lives

Saved

431 Lives
3 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Do you suffer from springtime allergies?:
View Results