Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally
Because high blood pressure is one of the risk factors of CKD, many people need to keep an eye on their blood pressure numbers. While monitoring blood pressure is essential, so is adopting healthier habits that can help keep your blood pressure in check.
Find Ways to Reduce Stress
Since stress can be a factor of high blood pressure, finding ways to limit stress can help keep blood pressure down. Here are some ways to reduce stress:
- Exercise (with your doctor’s approval).
- Get enough sleep.
- Use relaxation techniques such as practicing mindfulness and meditation.
- Participate in your favorite activities, such as reading a book, knitting, or walking your dog.
Eat a Kidney-Friendly Diet
Eating low-sodium foods not only helps people with CKD limit the amount of fluid in the body, but it can also help in lowering blood pressure. Keep sodium intake to a minimum
by avoiding these foods:
- Sauces such as barbecue, steak, soy, and teriyaki.
- Cured foods such as ham and bacon.
- Deli meats.
- Pre-packaged, processed, and frozen foods.
There are a million reasons why you should quit smoking — including decreasing your risk of developing heart disease
, and it also plays a role in increasing blood pressure. Quit smoking to help keep your blood pressure stable as well as getting all the other health benefits that come along with kicking the habit.
If you are concerned about high blood pressure while living with CKD, speak to the health professionals at Satellite Healthcare
. Your care team can guide you in the right direction on how to keep your blood pressure numbers healthy.