Ahead of World Hypertension Day next month, at Kwai we wanted to share with you our top tips, and join the cause in raising awareness of the importance of healthy blood pressure management. For 2023, the theme is to Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer.
What is blood pressure, and why is it important?
The pressure of your blood in your arteries, which are the blood vessels that transport your blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body, is what is known as blood pressure. Your heart rate increases as your blood pressure drops, which can occasionally lead to chest pain or shortness of breath because the heart muscle isn't getting enough blood. On the other hand, having a blood pressure reading that is too high can raise your chance of developing heart disease or having a stroke.
If you want to check your blood pressure regularly at home, you can buy a digital blood pressure machine. Choose a machine that measures your blood pressure at your upper arm, not your wrist or finger. Many pharmacies are also offering free blood pressure checks. Having this simple, quick test is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is within a healthy range, which is why an accurate measurement is essential. For more information on blood pressure, and where you can have yours measured, please visit the NHS website.
When it comes to controlling blood pressure levels, this can be done in several natural ways. If you are concerned about your blood pressure levels, you should consult with your GP.
- Diet – ensure that you have a well balanced and healthy diet, consume your 5-a-day, and keep your salt intake within the advised amounts.
- Activity – regular exercise and physical activity is essential for overall health, but also for your heart health and blood pressure. Regular exercise reduces the demand for the heart to pump more blood to the muscles by enhancing the muscles' capacity to remove oxygen from the blood. In turn, this lowers stress hormone levels and aids in lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
- Supplements – Kwai Blood Pressure is a blend of nutrients specifically selected to help maintain normal blood pressure and heart muscle function. Each tablet contains a high dose of Magnesium, a mineral substance necessary for life and required for the maintenance of normal muscle contraction, including the heart muscle. In addition, Kwai Blood Pressure delivers Potassium, which plays an important role in maintaining muscle function and contributing to the maintenance of normal blood pressure. Vitamins B6, B12, Iron and Magnesium also contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
With the risks of having a high blood pressure increasing your risk factor for several serious and life-threatening health conditions (heart attack, heart disease, stroke heart failure), managing your blood pressure levels could help you live longer. Research shows that although you can live a long life by other means, it may be five to seven years shorter if you have a high blood pressure.