Do you know your blood pressure level? Most Americans don’t, yet blood pressure is one of the easiest ways to track heart health and identify the treatments needed to protect your health.
If you find that your blood pressure is high, you don’t need to immediately fill a prescription for blood pressure medication. It’s possible to use natural methods to keep your blood pressure under control and safeguard your heart health.
Trade Sitting for Moving
More studies are showing that sitting for excessive amounts of time each day is actually associated to heart disease and the premature aging of arteries. One study of 2,000 adults using heart CT scans and physical activity records found that every hour of sitting per day equated to a 14 percent increase in coronary artery calcification, which is a sign of damaged heart arteries. Given how sedentary today’s society has become, you need to actively fight against the habit to sit by using a standing desk or setting a time to get up and move every 30 minutes.
Supplement With Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
This is perhaps the best known supplement for heart health. CoQ10 supports the body in its production of energy inside the mitochondria of cells. In other words, since every cell in the body relies upon the energy generated by the mitochondria, CoQ10 helps keep the heart fully energized and up to the task of circulating blood. In addition, CoQ10 is a proven antioxidant that will fight free radicals in the body. Through all of this, patients who take CoQ10 report that it helps them maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and supports the health of the arteries.
Eat More Essential Fatty Acids
While saturated and trans fats are enemies of heart health, essential fatty acids are some of the most critical components. Omega 3 and Omega 6 in particular play a major role in cardiovascular health by promoting healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, maintaining normal blood pressure, and encouraging optimal blood vessel dilation. Raw nuts and seeds, as well as fish like salmon, are excellent sources of essential fatty acids – but most people need a supplement to get enough.
Get Advice From Your Cardiologist
Your cardiologist at Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute is here to evaluate your blood pressure and recommend lifestyle changes that will support your ongoing health. Call (941) 744-1200 to schedule an appointment today. With a few simple adjustments, you could give yourself many more years of lie.