SMALL CHANGES THAT TAKE BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN

Lose two two pounds pounds or so

For every pound you could see a one-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number).

Get up walk every around
For 45 minutes. This simple move was enough to significantly lower diastolic blood pressure in one study.

Eat for your a heart-healthy heart
Diet can dropsystolic blood pressure as much as a pill can," says cardiologist Michael Miedema, M.D. That's about three to five points.

Fill up on potassium
This can counteract theeffects of sodium in your diet. Help it out and counter sodium yourself by nixing key sources like bread, cold cuts, and pizza.

Take a deep breath
Adrenaline and cortisol that swirl around when you're stressed can hike up blood pressure. In fact, one recent study found that male med students were 13 times as likely to have elevated numbers as their female counterparts.

Friends help buffer stress
Bonus if you combine hanging out with a workout.

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