The statistic is scary, for sure. One in three Americans has high blood pressure.
But you know what’s even SCARIER? What Big Pharma is doing with it.
Drug companies are turning our fright into stacks of cash. And we’re the ones filling their bank accounts.
But here’s what they DON’T tell you. The heavy-duty blood pressure drugs they convince you to start swallowing out of fear can have devastating side effects.
In fact, in some cases, the meds end up causing problems that are every bit as dangerous and debilitating as the condition they’re treating.
So while blood pressure drugs may be necessary as a last resort, they seldom make sense as a FIRST step.
But now an exciting new study has revealed the BEST first step of all.
And according to researchers, this one simple move works as well as blood pressure drugs to manage hypertension
Manage your blood pressure WITHOUT meds
The new study, published in the journal Hypertension, revealed that lowering your blood pressure could be as easy as starting your day with a brisk walk.
Researchers divided a group of overweight senior volunteers into three groups.
Every day for several weeks…
- the first group sat uninterrupted for eight 8 hours a day
- group two sat for an hour, did 30 minutes of brisk walking, then sat for six and a half hours
- group three sat for an hour, did 30 minutes of brisk walking, then finished the eight hours alternating between 30 minutes of sitting followed by three minutes of light walking
Now you might expect that the folks who got some exercise ended up with better blood pressure. And you’d be right, of course.
But what wasn’t expected was just HOW much better. Or that something as simple as a 30-minute walk could have such a HUGE impact on blood pressure.
Oh and the women in group three, who walked in short spurts throughout the day too, saw the BIGGEST benefits of all.
Not only did their overall blood pressure numbers plummet. Their top or systolic number… which is linked to heart attack and stroke risk… specifically went down too.
In fact, the improvements were SO good they matched the results of some prescription blood pressure drugs.
Toss your blood pressure drugs in the trash?
And of course, daily exercise isn’t JUST good for your blood pressure. Fitting in that 30-minute morning walk can also help….
- protect your brain against cognitive decline
- keep your bones strong
- promote balance, strength, and flexibility to keep you independent
- improve your mood
- support your immune system
But best of all you might be able to avoid getting started on new risky prescription meds. And in some cases, you may be able to dial back the ones you’re already taking… or EVEN toss them in the trash.
So why not go ahead and give it a try?
Start every day off with a brisk walk. And talk with your doctor about carefully monitoring your numbers so you can stay off of blood pressure drugs for good.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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