High blood pressure can be controlled through a number of ways. Other than taking medications prescribed by a specialist, the consumption of cholesterol-lowering foods and exercising regularly help keep the levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol in check, thus preventing the blood pressure from increasing and going off the charts.
It’s a fact that the consumption of fiber- and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables as well fish loaded with healthy fatty acids can keep high blood pressure at bay.
Engaging in cardiovascular exercises like walking, swimming, bicycling or playing badminton can also help you maintain an ideal blood pressure. Also helping others is an effective as well as a rewarding way to keep your blood pressure within normal levels.
This observation was reveled when researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh did an experiment way back in 2006, spanning 4 years. Later on in 2010, the researchers found out that participants who devoted as many as 200 hours a year to volunteer works had 40% less likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure compared to those who didn’t engage in volunteer works at all. What’s even more surprising is the kind of volunteer work conducted didn’t seem to matter at all. What mattered is the 200 hours a year spent on volunteering.
One possible reason behind this surprising outcome is lending a helping hand can be a very rewarding experience. Needless to say, something that makes a person happy can have a favorable impact on the health. On the other hand, it’s not unlikely for somebody who refrains from engaging in activities that help foster human relationships to suffer from illnesses that involve spiritual, mental and emotional aspects. Ultimately, these illnesses can have a measurable impact on the health.