What are some things I can do at home to help myself with hypertension?

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What are some things I can do at home to help myself with hypertension?

The first thing that you can do is talk to your pharmacist. Create a plan. Change your habits. Start with small tangible goals. Some of the things that you can start with is eat less salt in your food, less than 2000 milligrams per day. Eat less fatty foods, increase your daily fiber intake, eat more fruits and vegetables.Reduce your daily intake of alcohol, one drink per day for women and less than two drinks per day for men. Start exercising, start with 20 minutes a day and then, reduce your capacity. Find ways to reduce stress, find ways to relax. For example, doing yoga, meditation, going for walks, or trying new hobbies. Lastly, speak to a pharmacist about your medications, including over-thecounter medications to rule out hypertension as an adverse effect of your medications.

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The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

The information included in this recording is correct as of April 13th, 2021