High blood pressure or ‘hypertension’ can be caused by the hardening arteries in our bodies. It can happen when we reduce the amount of exercises or physical activities we perform, as we grow older. Hardening arteries is NOT a natural process of ageing.
Blood pressure is caused by blood exerting force against the walls of blood vessels, and those vessels need to be as flexible as possible to react to the pressure. Once we pass middle age, these vessels automatically become harder and less flexible, which increases the blood pressure. Imagine the difficulty of forcing your hand into a sock compared to forcing it through a cardboard tube, and you will see why the heart finds it harder to transport blood through stiffer and less elastic blood vessels.
Stop Hardening Your Arteries
Most people might think that there is no way to stop arteries from losing its elasticity, because it seems a natural part of ageing. However, that is far from the truth. Leading an active lifestyle can help.
Lack of activity or exercise explains why 70% of over 70 year olds have high blood pressure – eventually blood vessels lose their elasticity. Instead, the best solution is to try and help your heart and body by limiting the other factors that are raising your blood pressure.
The three most effective ways to lower your blood pressure and to give your heart a helping hand are:
Sodium (or salt, as it’s more commonly known) stops the kidneys working effectively to regulate the levels of water in your body. More water in the blood raises pressure, so cut down on your salt intake! Eating vegetables and fruit also keeps your body working to the best of its abilities.
2.Exercise - Exercise - Exercise
This one’s simple – exercise keeps your heart muscles strong enough to deal with blood pressure levels, and avoiding obesity helps your body stay healthy and your blood vessels clear!
Stress is one of the major contributors to high blood pressure because the heart pumps faster than normal. Try yoga or mediation, or any technique that keeps you calm and in control.
Laughter Can Boost Blood Vessels
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore compared the effects on the body when watching funny films and stressful films. Read more here about hardening arteries.
We are once again reminded that high blood pressure can be caused in multiple ways, not just by certain foods you may eat or by the lack of exercise. So start paying attention to the kinds of films you watch and the thoughts you think or even the kind of company you keep and you protect yourself from high blood pressure.