What foods cause high blood pressure?
The importance of avoiding tobacco, alcohol and caffeine cannot be overemphasized as these substances have harmful effects on the body as a whole among which are their effects on increasing the blood pressure. Taking each of these entrities, alcohol intake of more than five drinks per day brings about an exaggerated increase in blood pressure. As previously discussed a female should not consume more than one drink per day and a male should limit alcohol consumption to not more than 2 drinks per day. Smoking increases the risk of vascular complications of high blood pressure such as heart disease, stroke. Smoking can produce a repeated immediate rise in blood pressure of 5 to 10 mmHg.
Caffeine consumption in combination with smoking in people with high blood pressure can increase the blood pressure therefore limiting them would be of benefit in controlling high blood pressure. I must say it’s quite difficult to battle with an addiction problem but I feel following guidelines might be quite helpful.
2) Live each day without worry: The thoughts that an addict would have to do without these substances could be very overwhelming and scary. The key to bathing with this fear is to take only one day at a time. Do not worry about tomorrow’s challenges and concerns, just make a fresh resolution and commitment every morning to quit taking these harmful substances.
3) Be committed: Do not just speak of wanting to quit, map out a practical plan and act on it.
4) Try not to regress: Yes it could be quite difficult but if you find yourself deviating get back on the right path to quitting and recommit to the process.
5) Substitution: Apart from a chemical dependence on nicotine as in the case of cigarette on nicotine as in the case of cigarette smoking there are certain behavioural patterns known to smokers for instance a smoker reaches into his or her pocket to get the cigarette pack then lights it up and puts it to mouth with his hand. This activities could be replaced with substituting the cigarette for snacks or fruits such as carrots, apples, wafers and the likes.
Also nicotine replacement substitutes such as patches, nicotine gum, nicotine aerosole can be used.
6) Avoid triggers: If you notice that you usually crave a smoke after eating, watching tv or any other activity which are referred to as triggers, get yourself busy to avoid these triggers. For instance. For instance take a walk after meals or get yourself busy and distracted from the smoke, alcohol or caffeine craving.
7) Spot signs of dependence: If you are finding it very difficult to limit alcohol it might be necessary to seek outside support. Support groups can help and rehabilitation might also be necessary.
8) Drink plenty of water: Water helps to flush out the toxins that are being removed by the liver and kidneys. The more water is taken the faster the body would remove poisonous tobacco toxins.
9) Ask God almighty for his help: Although this is not a religious article, but it is important for me to let anyone who is ready to listen that God knows our struggles, he cares for us deeply and loves us so much. He is just a prayer away. I assure you anyone who walks with God and puts and puts all of his hopes and trust in him can never fail.