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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Natural Ways To Lower Blood Pressure

Natural Ways

To Lower Blood Pressure

Meditation can help maintain a calm and focused mind, but one side benefit of that relaxation could also help with blood pressure. When relaxed, the body produces more nitric oxide, which in turn helps blood vessels to open up, reducing the pressure of the blood flowing through.

Adopt A Pet
Research shows that pet owners have lower blood pressure (also: lower cholesterol and heart disease risk), thanks to the anxiety-reducing qualities of an animal companion.
Work On Your Marriage
In one 2008 study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that happily married adults had better blood pressure than happily single and unhappily married adults.

Get Moving
This one's a no-brainer, but exercise is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure. There are many ways that the simple act of moderate exercise can improve your blood pressure (and overall health). First, it helps with other risk factors for hypertension, like extra weight and stress. But exercise also improves the strength of your heart so that it can more effectively and efficiently pump blood, which lowers the pressure on the arteries.
Stick To One Or Two Drinks
Moderate drinking -- one drink for women and men over 65 and two drinks for younger men -- can actually help reduce blood pressure. But more than that has the opposite effect, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Monitor Your Caffeine
There is some evidence that caffeine can temporarily increase blood pressure, though it's unclear if there is a long-term effect.

The Mayo Clinic recommends checking blood pressure 30 minutes after a cup of coffee or caffeinated soda to see if the effect remains.

Quit Smoking -- And Smokers
Of course, for this and many other reasons, you should quit smoking. But even second-hand smoke can have a damaging effect on your blood pressure because it damages arteries.

Choose Pressure-Lowering Foods
Several foods have been found to naturally lower blood pressure. Things like chili peppers, chocolate, beans and bananas have all been proven to lower blood pressure in humans or in trials with rats. Read on for more here.
Keep Weight Under Control
Eating well is essential to maintaining healthy blood pressure, but even if you live on beans and bananas, extra pounds could harm you. In fact, one Italian study found that hypertension in overweight patients was a secondary condition, caused by the excess weight. In other words, once the weight was lost, the high blood pressure went with it.

Stay Away From Salt
Perhaps the best known advice for healthy blood pressure is maintaining a low sodium diet. Follow the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans: a max of 2,300 mg of sodium for healthy, young adults -- or 1,500 mg a day or fewer for those who are over 50, African-American or suffering from diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

Life Lessons We Learned From the Internet

Life Lessons We Learned
From the Internet

Ryann Rasmussen

Fridays are wonderful days for reflection on the week behind us. Looking back at some of the best gifs on the Internet this week, we think we might be able to learn some valuable lessons to carry with us into next week.

Let’s take a look at nine of the best gifs from this week that taught us valuable life lessons.

1)      Stay focused on your goals.
It’s obvious the man in this gif let his guard down and paid the price. Whether you’re riding your bike or finishing a project at work, stay focused on your goals and never get distracted. Otherwise you might end up on the side of the road like this guy.

2)      Don’t trust everything you see.
These frogs were easily tricked into thinking they found a feast of worms. Once one frog was fooled, others followed and fell for the same trick. Don’t trust everything you see; if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

3)      Follow your dreams.
Every once in a while we need a reminder that we can do anything, no matter our age. The man in this gif, who we can only assume is the father, didn’t let his son’s age stop him from shredding on his skateboard. Whether you’re still in diapers or about to retire, don’t be afraid to pursue your passions.

4)      Don’t wear yourself out.
Obviously this kitten is trying a bit too hard to get comfortable. If something isn’t working for you, try looking at it from another angle or take a break from the problem and come back to it. No use working yourself to death on a problem that can’t be fixed.

5)      Be a friend to everyone.
You never know where you’ll find your next best friend. This guy was brave enough to befriend a lion and it looks like it worked out for him. We’re not suggesting you make friends with predatory animals, but don’t be afraid to branch out and meet people you otherwise wouldn’t.

6)      Stay positive.
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things don’t seem to go our way. Life will often knock us off our feet or throw us to the ground. Learn a lesson from this mascot and keep a smile on your face no matter how many times life gets you down.

7)      Share kindness.
The next time you want to shout at a co-worker or send a flaming email to your boss, remember this sheep who turned his anger into a touching moment. Take a deep breath and turn your anger into kindness and you might just make a new friend..

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day