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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.


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.

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