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Doctors Explain How to Lower Blood Pressure without Medication

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The American Heart Association says one in three adults has hypertension, but doctors say there are ways to lower high blood pressure naturally.

We're a country that likes quick fixes, especially when our health is involved. But when it comes to high blood pressure, faster isn't always better.

It's all about moderation, and doctors say there are plenty of ways to eliminate hypertension without making a trip to the pharmacy.

We encourage that you get at least thirty minutes of exercise a day if you can do that, moderate to intense activity, even a brisk walk for a half an hour a day.

Docs also say to watch the drinking, but if you can keep it under control, a glass of wine here and there won't hurt.

"Actually a glass of red wine or something like that nightly is not bad for you, and in some ways it's recommended. It can actually help with cholesterol issues," says Dr. Carlson, Sanford.

And making dinner at home instead of grabbing that bucket of fast food fried chicken will cut way down on sodium.

"A lot of people tell me when I discuss salt usage, they say I don't pour salt on any of my foods, well anything that's packaged, comes in a fast food delivery bag or whatever that's going to be huge on sodium," says Carlson.  "Anything that's not fresh and you cooking it yourself - it's probably going to have a lot of sodium in it."

Now, of course, if your doctor has you on blood pressure medication you should by no means stop taking it, but experts say if you don't need it, why put something in your body that can cause side effects?

"Sometimes it can lower your blood pressure to the point where you feel a little bit dizzy. You get up too fast blood pressure can drop. You know, it can alter your certain values in the blood," says Carlson. 

So, take the steps literally. Head to the gym, watch the diet, and be amazed when the blood pressure starts to drop.

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