I recently had to visit the Doc' to renew my prescription; I had run out of certain pills, and hadn't taken them for quite a while.
I really hate having to visit the Doc', and combined with a few other things I was feeling very stressed.
The Doc' I saw was new to me. Firstly she made me remove my T Shirt and shoes, my previous Doc' never asked this of me. When she took my blood pressure she gasped and made me immediately take some tiny pill. My BP was abnormally high and I was given instructions to take readings twice a day for three days; noting three readings at each attempt. I don't think she expected me to last the day.
Later whilst at the pharmacy collecting my pills, I bought a new BP meter (above) which is very simple and efficient, and also cost peanuts. When demonstrating how to use it, the pharmacist saw my high readings, and even suggested I didn't drive home alone!
I'm pleased to say that my BP has now dropped dramatically; probably due to the combination of pill-taking, and less stress.
Anyway, as a result of my scare, I looked on the net for foods to reduce high blood pressure, and I immediately began an improved regime. I have naturally strong willpower, and will have no problem in giving up certain things that are obviously bad for me.
IN are one glass of wine in the evening instead of three, good quality dark chocolate, beetroot, bananas, oats, garlic, choucroute, lentils, yoghurt, and plenty of greens. Luckily all are to my taste, so no deprivation .
OUT go salt, coffee, cheese, and too much fatty meat and charcuterie.
It's amazing what those pills and a sensible diet actually do. Back to normal again.