Do you have high blood pressure, or at risk of having high blood pressure? Well, you’re not alone. One of every three American adults suffer from high blood pressure. That’s an astonishing 70 million people. Here are 21 simple things you can do that might help your high blood pressure stay under control.
1. Eat Dark Chocolate
It’s no miracle cure, but one study showed that 18% of patients who ate dark chocolate every day saw blood pressure decrease. Have ½ ounce daily (make sure it contains at least 70% cocoa).
2. Switch to Decaf Coffee
Others believe that caffeine blocks a hormone that widens your arteries, so your arteries narrow when consuming caffeine. In any case, try to consume less caffeine.
3. Quit Smoking
Even if you’re not a smoker, but you spend a lot of time with people who do smoke, you are at risk, as second-hand smoke carries similar risks. Bottom line: smoking is really bad for your health.
4. Listen to Music (and Sing Along!)
A study in Japan showed that singing along raises your dopamine levels, which, in turn, can lower your blood pressure.
5. Consume Less Salt
Common foods that are high in salt are bacon, instant soups, pickles, french fries and potato chips.
6. Consume Foods with Potassium
And, in general, eating foods rich in potassium is better than taking supplements.