BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS
Understanding blood pressure readings can be baffling so here is a simple summary to understanding what low, normal and high blood pressure readings are:
The readings are measured as systolic (heart beating and pumping blood) over diastolic (when your heart is filling with blood).
Low blood pressure – Lower than 90/60 mmHg.
Only one of these numbers needs to be lower than this to count as low BP.
Normal blood pressure – Between 90/60 and 140/90 mmHg.
This is the current normal range but there is a suggestion it should be lowered to 120/80.
Hypertension in the UK requiring medication starts at 140/90mmHg.
High blood pressure is 140/90mmHg or consistently higher over several weeks. Likely to require medication.
If just one of these figures is raised for a few weeks you may also have high BP.
Obvious ways to reduce blood pressure is to limit your salt intake to 6g/day which may also benefit feeling bloated. Eat less processed foods. Potassium rich foods are recommended with a daily intake of 3,500 mg.
If you have high blood pressure take the following steps: Lose excess weight, take more exercise, reduce alcohol intake, quit smoking, watch stress levels and take prescribed medication.