10 Drug-Free Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

From quitting smoking to making new friends -- these 10 tips can help you reduce your blood pressure naturally (11 Photos)

Cynthia Ramnarace on May 12, 2011 at 12:56PM

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10 Drug-Free Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Get Moving

It might seem contradictory that some exercise can actually raise blood pressure, but short, intense exertion such as shoveling snow can spur high numbers, especially if you’re not very fit. However, the opposite is true for regular exercise. “It’s great to exercise a lot and generate a good sweat,” says Paul Whelton, M.D., hypertension expert and president and CEO of Loyola University Health System and Medical Center. “But, if you’re talking about lowering blood pressure, exercise can be even more modest: A brisk walk three to four times a week.” Exercise is beneficial even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss, Dr. Whelton says, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the scale move -- you’re still reaping benefits.

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