High blood pressure affects about 1 in 3 adults. Everything from genetics to stress can be a factor – and while medications can help, there are also ways people can bring it down naturally. Mayo Clinic physicians share some science-backed tips to ease rising blood pressure.
- Exercising 30 minutes a few times per week can lower blood pressure and helps strengthen the heart, which is vital to pump blood.
- Relax. Being overly stressed doesn’t do your heart any favors and can increase a person’s risk for heart problems. So if you’re feeling stressed, try relaxation techniques like yoga or meditating.
- Put down the coffee and alcohol. Caffeine has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure. If you’re feeling off, reconsider that second (or third) cup of coffee or glass of wine.