How To Lower Blood Pressure

Lose weight

Losing just 10 pounds can help lower blood pressure.

Eat less salt

The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

Exercise regularly

Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

Eat a healthy diet

This includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Limit alcohol intake

Men should drink no more than two drinks per day, and women should drink no more than one drink per day.

Quit smoking

Smoking damages the blood vessels and makes it harder for the heart to pump blood.

Manage stress

Stress can raise blood pressure, so find healthy ways to manage it, such as exercise, yoga, or meditation

Get enough sleep

Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Take your medication as prescribed

If you have been prescribed medication for high blood pressure, be sure to take it as directed.

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