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Blood Pressure Monitoring Tips and Tricks

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A blood pressure cuff is a valuable tool which can monitor the pressure of blood in your arteries when your heart contracts, and when it is between beats. If the numbers are higher than 120/80, your heart must work too hard at pumping blood to the rest of your body.

Many people only have their blood pressure checked when they see the doctor, but you have the option to monitor it at home. There are several devices on the market that are easy to use and provide accurate results.

Here are some suggestions regarding monitoring your blood pressure at home.

  1. Check your blood pressure ONLY once a day. Checking it frequently can be addictive and cause more stress which could elevate it even more. This can be a vicious cycle.
  2. Vary the time of day you check it. For example, check it first thing in the morning one day, then in the evening the next. Maybe before lunch the following day, and after breakfast the day after that. This will give you a good idea what type of fluctuations you may have.
  3. Take your blood pressure when you are under stress. Perhaps take it after an argument with a family or friend? This can be a good indicator at gauging the health impact this person is having on your life.
  4. The best way to get accurate results is to make sure your arm is at the same level as your heart. Sitting, relaxed in a chair or lying down are the best ways to take it.
  5. Alternate arms. Blood pressure should be the same in both arms. If it is different by over 10 points, it could be a blockage in the artery of that arm. Please communicate that information to your doctor asap.
  6. Check your blood pressure after various meals. This is a great way to see how foods (carbohydrates, sugar, artificial ingredients) impact your health.
  7. Record your blood pressure AND heart rate in a diary. Document how you felt at the time you took it, how you slept the night before, and anything else you feel may have affected the reading (stressful situation, awful food, alcohol, or too much caffeine).

If you have elevated BP and you’d like to avoid medications, check out some resources we have available to help.

Lifestyle factors are key contributors and mitigators for blood pressure balance. Here are some easy options for improving/maintaining healthy blood pressure:

  • Eat organic Paleo foods
  • Get plenty of sunshine
  • Sleep 8-9 hours a night
  • Get active outside
  • Reduce/Remove stress
  • See a chiropractor
  • Avoid chemicals and toxins

As always, you’re not alone. Contact one of our health coaches for a free consultation to get started on regaining your health today.

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