Most people are aware that genetics play a significant role in an individual’s predisposition to heart disease. But did you know that your lifestyle can have a direct impact on the health of your arteries?

According to the American Heart Association, about 74.5 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with high blood pressure, with the majority of those afflicted being men. Conventional medicine has identified that about 90% of all cases of high blood pressure are primary hypertension, meaning that there is no underlying disease or no obvious causes. These cases are the direct result of lifestyle factors such as stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise and diet.

The good news is that you can lower your blood pressure and greatly reduce your risk of heart disease by making just a few simple changes to your lifestyle.

  1. First, you must realize that all stressors consume the body’s energy. Recognize when you are under stress and find a way to remove yourself from that state of tension. Take moments to listen to music, take a walk, watch a funny show, or engage in physical activity like dancing. Returning your body from a heightened state to a natural state can make all the difference

  2. Exercise is vital in that it helps to reduce tension, increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure. Vigorous use of the muscles can produce lactic acid which helps to transport harmful substances out of the body (like arterial plaque)

  3. You can make the greatest impact on your health by carefully choosing what you put into your body. Both heart disease and high blood pressure can be controlled and managed through a diet high in fiber, whole grains and raw fruits and vegetables. Try to cut the consumption of salt, saturated fats, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and animal products

  4. Eat more celery. Celery contains phytochemicals, a substance that relaxes the muscle tissue on the artery wall, allowing for increased blood flow and a reduction in pressure

  5. Take a magnesium supplement. Stress depletes the body of magnesium and most adults don’t get enough magnesium from their diet. Low magnesium levels can cause heart tissue destruction and lead to hypertension. Supplement your diet with a magnesium supplement or increase your intake of leafy greens, nuts, and halibut

  6. Take an Omega 3 Supplement. Omega 3 fats protect the heart and the brain, support circulation, and helps to lower blood pressure

Remember that high blood pressure can be the precursor for heart disease but it can also be managed and lowered with a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Don’t become a statistic; living heart healthy today makes for many healthy tomorrows.

For more information on natural ways to prevent disease and keep your body healthy read my book Secrets to Healthy Aging.

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