The Relationship Between Blood Pressure and Exercise

You probably won't be shocked to learn that there's a direct and positive correlation between lower blood pressure and exercise. After all, your doctor surely told you to take better care of yourself when you learned about your hypertension, and part of that is dieting and a more active lifestyle.

Of course, exercise is good for you only up to a point; as a hypertensive individual, you don't want to get your heart pumping too hard. But the good news is, even minor household tasks can help you keep your blood pressure down.

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Fructose -- The Hidden Cause of High Blood Pressure?

Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, odds are you also eat a diet high in fructose. Scientists have discovered that people who eat a diet high in fructose increase their risk of having elevated blood pressure. Learn what foods put you at risk and are endangering your health.

What is fructose?

Fructose is a simple sugar found in honey, tree fruits, berries, melons and some vegetables. However, fructose in its natural state isn't the problem. The problem is from added sugar found in much of our food, beverages, and snacks in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

High blood pressure is a chronic condition in developed countries. With the hope of ending this dangerous health condition, scientists are studying the eating habits of people in these countries to determine the cause. According to scientists, one cause may very well be the high amount of fructose consumed each year.

Test results are in

In a study (1) conducted by the University of Colorado Denver Health Services Center, 4,528 participants, 18 years and older, answered questions about the foods and beverages they eat and drink. The scientist discovered that participants who drank 2 1/2 sugary soft drinks per day had a 26% to 77% higher risk of high blood pressure.

Scientists believe these test results suggest that eating and drinking foods high in fructose definitely links to high blood pressure.

Take action and lower your blood pressure

If these scientists are correct, lower your blood pressure simply by cutting back or eliminating high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from your diet. To do this, you need to understand what foods contain HFCS. Unfortunately, virtually every processed and pre-packaged food contains HFCS. And according to the USDA high fructose corn syrup is the number one source of calories for Americans.

To lower your blood pressure by eating less HFCS, begin eating unprocessed foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and eliminate soft drinks from your diet -- easier said than done. But it can be done.

Try using new recipes containing fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut back on eating out and eating fast food. Try simple recipes with fresh, wholesome ingredients and gradually cut back on the amount of soft drinks you drink. Not only will you see improvement and possibly have normal blood pressure once again, you'll also see an improvement in your overall health.


(1) Study performed by University of Colorado Denver Health Services Center

Is Your Morning Cup of Coffee Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Do you have high blood pressure? Do you drink three or more cups of coffee per day? Researchers in Finland say this popular drink could be one of the causes of your high blood pressure.

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Blood Pressure and Weight Loss

How Weight Loss Can Reduce High Blood Pressure

What many people don’t realize is that weight loss is an absolutely essential component of maintaining healthy blood pressure. Blood pressure can rise significantly in individuals who are overweight. The very reason that we don’t realize the connection between being overweight and high blood pressure is because so many individuals are carrying around extra, unnecessary pounds. If you have high blood pressure, you should definitely consider what weight loss can do to help lower your blood pressure levels.

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Have You Taken A Cardiac Stress Test Lately?

What a cardiac stress test is and when they should be taken.

When you’re at rest, some forms of cardiac disease could possibly be missed. That is why cardiac stress tests are so important.

At rest, the heart may be functioning just fine, but when more is asked of the heart, that is when symptoms may begin to present themselves. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to explain to you what a cardiac stress test is, who should have one and how often they should be performed.

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The Importance of Blood Pressure Monitoring

Why blood pressure monitoring is important and when and how to do it.

Even if you’re not worried about developing high blood pressure, blood pressure monitoring is extremely important to your health. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to explain why blood pressure monitoring is so important.

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How to Prevent Hardening of the Arteries

Five ways to prevent hardening of the arteries.

Hardening of the arteries, also referred to as atherosclerosis, occurs when there is a buildup of plaque in the walls of the arteries which results in the arteries becoming hardened and narrower.

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Exercise for Lower Blood Pressure

Five great exercises to aid in lower blood pressure.

Exercise is a great way to lower your blood pressure, the question is, which exercises will help and which ones are just a waste of time? I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to tell you which exercises are most beneficial when it comes to lowering your blood pressure.

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Managing Your Blood Pressure

How to manage and monitor your blood pressure

Managing and monitoring your blood pressure doesn't have to be a hassle. In fact, if you make a habit of it, managing your blood pressure can become second nature and a natural part of your daily activities.

I'm Heart Healthy Henry and I'm going to give you some tips and tricks as to how to manage and monitor your blood pressure in order to live a healthier and happier life.

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