High blood pressure occurs in one of every three adults. The culprit? Many believe it is something called hypertension. Actually, that isn’t accurate at all. Hypertension is just a medical term for high blood pressure, not the cause. Some have come to believe that the root word “tense” means something like anxiety or anxiousness, but not true. Anxiety is certainly a cause for some people, but most of the time, it has only a minor influence.
But, yes, hypertension is on the rise in our society, but this is largely due to diet issues. High grain intake and low fat intake is exactly the wrong combination to follow when trying to avoid high blood pressure. Also, there have been links to high blood sugar with high blood pressure. So avoid these things, and a frequently proposed solution to high blood pressure is medication. This works for some, but not most. In fact, most people on high blood pressure medication still have issues with high blood pressure.
So, what are you supposed to do to control it? Think of something more natural than medications. The answer is simple: control your diet. Eliminate grains and sugars. Balance the omega fats. Normalize your weight, especially if you are obese. Also, eliminate caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant linked to hypertension.
Get a grip on your emotional life. Yes, anxiety can cause blood pressure spikes, but it is rare. It doesn’t hurt to get a handle on things. How? Exercise. Exercise is a key ingredient when dealing with anxiety. Think of serotonin as the stress reliever. We all want less stress, right? Stress leads to anxiety problems. Exercise releases mass amounts of serotonin into your body as you exercise. Ever wonder why you feel so good going for that walk? This is why. Get out and about. Think of it like a drug. After all, we learned in school anything that changes the way the mind or body works is a drug. Exercise does that. Feel depressed? Hit the gym for thirty minutes or go for a thirty minute walk. It’s not complicated, and it does so much good for your body!
And get some sun. And no, I don’t mean roast yourself to death in a tanning bed. Get out and get some sun. It has been proven that sun light can help reduce the amount of stress you feel. Ever wonder why students sometimes have class outside on a nice day? This would be the answer.
So, can naturally managing anxiety help avoid spikes in blood pressure? Yes and no. It’s always great to manage your stress in life, especially with diet and exercise, but anxiety isn’t usually the cause. It can be, but not usually. The best recommendation is repeated above: exercise. Exercise will drop your anxiety levels for starters. It will also burn calories and help you get your weight under control. Most definitely monitor your diet because doing so will not only reduce your risk of hypertension, but you will feel better while you exercise too.