How Often Should You Check Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure. Millions of adults have it. Sadly, the percentage of children with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is rapidly increasing.
Do you have high blood pressure (BP)?
If you go to the doctor’s office, likely they check your BP. When it is elevated, here comes the prescription. But your BP is high is not a sign of pharmaceutical deficiency. We need to find the cause. That is what my natural approach to hypertension video is all about. Identify the cause of high blood pressure and remove it. Problem solved. It really is that easy.
A doctor visit is not necessary for a BP check. You can do it yourself at home or at many pharmacies. If you buy a blood pressure cuff for home use, check out this brand. Accurate results and easy to use.
Here are some tips to check your blood pressure at home.
- Check your blood pressure once per day, no more. I say this because checking your blood pressure can be kind of an addiction. I have had many patients record readings in a diary, and do this 5, 7, 10 times per day? Not necessary, and I think the stress from checking is worse than the high blood pressure itself. Also, when BP is a little high, some people get anxious. BP goes higher. They get more anxious, BP goes higher etc.
- Check at various times of the day. One day, check your waking BP. Next day after breakfast. Afternoon, evening, and at bedtime. Before food or after food.
- Check your BP when you are under stress. After an argument with family or friends, check your BP and see what stress does to your health. Very motivational for ending toxic relationships.
- When checking your blood pressure, make sure your arm is at the same level as your heart. Sitting relaxed in a chair and lying down is the best way.
- Switch arms. Although blood pressure should be the same in both arms, it is wise to switch off. If BP is different by more than 10 points, there could be a blockage in the artery to that arm. Tell your doctor about that.
- Check your BP after various meals. High carbohydrate, sugar, artificial ingredients…. I hope not. But check your BP.
- Record your BP AND heart rate in a diary. Record how you felt at the time of the check. How did you sleep the night before? Stressful situation? Bad food? Alcohol? Too much caffeine.
If your BP is high, the answer is not medications. We have some excellent products for blood pressure, including our Nitric Oxide Booster combination. I love 1 teaspoon of each, especially when added to our Daily Defense protein shake. Magnesium 2 caps 2x per day and Potassium Boost 1 tsp 2x per day will get most people where they need to be. Find these on our BP protocol.
Don’t forget, supplements supplement the healthy lifestyle including:
- Organic, Paleo foods
- Plenty of sunshine
- Quality sleep
- Active outdoors
- Remove stress
- Chiropractic care- proven to lower BP by 17/10
- Toxin/chemical avoidance