According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Furthermore, the AHA also notes that hypertension “was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death in about 348,102 of the more than 2.4 million U.S. deaths in 2009.”
These numbers are high, and more than likely, high blood pressure affects you or someone you know. It’s a serious health condition, but it’s one that can often be alleviated naturally.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension – or pre-hypertension – perhaps you’ve taken steps to lower your blood pressure by exercising, losing weight, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Or, if you’re taking medication to treat the problem, you may worry that you’ll have to take that medication for the rest of your life just to keep your numbers down.
Ironically, even if you’ve made several positive changes to lower your blood pressure, you may be consuming drinks that cause your blood pressure to rise. The simple solution is to avoid them or – at least – minimize your consumption of them. Here are three drinks you’ll want to avoid if you are battling high blood pressure.
1.) Energy Drinks – Energy drinks pack a lot of punch, but it’s probably not the hit you’re hoping for. The main ingredients of energy drinks – taurine and caffeine – have been shown to contribute to a rise in blood pressure and to negatively impact the natural rhythm of the heart. The result? If you have pre-existing hypertension or a heart condition, energy drinks may elevate your blood pressure and contribute to an irregular heartbeat. In fact, you’ll want to avoid or limit any drinks that contain caffeine because of its correlation to these health problems.
2.) Alcohol – While you may have heard of the antioxidant boost you’ll get with drinking a glass of red wine each day, it is also important to note that alcohol can have some unhealthy effects on your blood pressure, as well.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, it’s best to avoid alcohol, or, at least, drink only in moderation. Experts suggest that women consume only one drink per day to avoid a rise in blood pressure. Men over the age of 65 should do the same. Men younger than 65, however, may be able to enjoy two drinks per day without any negative impact.
3.) Sugary Drinks – According to The American Journal of Cardiology, studies show that there is a strong correlation with elevated blood pressure and the consumption of sugary drinks among adults. However, adults are not the only ones at risk for developing hypertension. Teens who drink at least three sugar-laden drinks a day have an 87 percent chance of developing high blood pressure, as well.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to lower your blood pressure, making small changes in your life can have a big impact on your health. To learn more about any underlying conditions that may impact your blood pressure, it’s best to get a personalized evaluation.
High blood pressure has been called the ‘silent killer’ because much of the damage it causes does not immediately present any noticeable signs such as pain or discomfort. Instead it works silently to undermine your health with devastating consequences. And now, high blood pressure is responsible for over 1,000 deaths per day in the United States alone making it a ‘silent epidemic’.
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