Cold weather is sure taking its time, but it is on the way
And with colder temperatures, and a lowering of barometric pressure, causes a constricting of the blood vessels, causing higher blood pressure. But there are some simple methods to combat the cold, and some bring their own benefits.
- Hugging someone or petting a pet has been proven to alleviate high blood pressure and lower stress. In fact, 2 hugs a day has shown to lower blood pressure by as much as 12 points. If you needed an excuse to give more hugs, this is a great one!
- Squeezing something like a tennis ball, or stress ball has been proven to lower blood pressure. Just hold in your hand for 90 seconds twice a day to get the best effects.
- Having a movie night? Pop your own popcorn. Popping your own popcorn lowers the PFAS used in pre-popped popcorn by up to 65%, a chemical that can lead to increase in blood pressure.
- Eating dark chocolate and cocoa powder help to lower blood pressure. They are both rich in flavonoids, a plant compound that causes blood vessels to dilate. Make a hot chocolate this season with cocoa powder for sweet blood pressure lowering goodness.
So cozy up to a loved one with some fresh popped popcorn and a cup of cocoa hot chocolate, and squeeze a tennis ball in the name of good health.
Stay safe and healthy this fall season.
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