Should You Be Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home?

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One of the quickest and easiest ways to gauge one’s general health is by monitoring one’s own blood pressure. The simple rhythm of your pulse can say a lot about you: what your lifestyle is, what might be wrong with your diet, what your normal blood pressure is, what your health problems are, and what you can do about them.

One of the quickest ways to see if you have normal blood pressure is to check it at home.

Simply put, your blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. Readings are given as one number over another; the top number is the systolic, the bottom the diastolic. Systolic refers to the blood pressure when the heart is contracting, while diastolic is when the heart is in a state of relaxation.  Generally, a normal blood pressure reading is around 120 over 80. Any systolic reading over 140 is considered high, as is any diastolic reading over 90.

It’s a good idea to check your blood pressure regularly to avoid hypertension, especially if you have a history of heart problems or suffer from obesity. Seniors, whose blood pressure can vary should monitor their own blood pressure, as should diabetics, who must maintain tight blood pressure control.

Lastly, even relatively healthy people can benefit from knowing what their normal blood pressure is on a regular basis. Being conscious of one’s own health is a first step to greater body knowledge and freedom from ailment. It may also add as an incentive to quit habits that exacerbate hypertension, such as smoking or caffeine use. Conversely, it may encourage healthy habits that lower your pulse:

  • conscious deep breathing
  • eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • taking natural blood pressure supplements, such as fish oil or folic acid

Sometimes the simplest of information can lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle. 

Comments for Should You Be Checking Your Blood Pressure at Home?

Name: edward r bulle
Time: Monday, March 14, 2011

iam taking natto bp pluse once a day in the moring at 8 0clock in the day time it only last till 8pm then it sart go up at night to 170 over85 what can i do to keep down better thank ebulle

Name: The Institute for Vibrant Living
Time: Monday, June 13, 2011

What are you exercise and eating habits. It is recommended that you incorporate a brisk 1/2 hour walk 3 or 4 times a week. Limit your intake of salt, maintain a healthy weight and get plenty of potassium by eating foods such as bananas, apples, avocados, oranges, potatoes,
tomatoes, peaches and apricots.

Have you tried incorporating any of these tips into your daily routine?

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