Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What will have the greatest impact on lowering blood pressure: weight loss, exercise, or diet?
A: All three will have a direct impact on high blood pressure. Depending on how much extra weight you are carrying, shedding a few extra pounds can bring a significant change in your blood pressure. At the same time, your current diet is having an impact on your high blood pressure. Avoid fried and greasy foods, lower the salt in your diet, and eat an adequate amount of protein and unsaturated fats. Also, your high blood pressure is affected by your cardiovascular health and the amount you exercise.
It is important to realize that exercise, diet, and maintaining a healthy weight are all essential for keeping your blood pressure in a consistently healthy range and your cardiovascular system working optimally. All three elements dramatically reduce the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
TCM can be a great help with high blood pressure. To look for a licensed TCM practitioner in your area and for more information on TCM and acupuncture go on www.acupuncture.com. Be sure to check with your physician before starting any health regiment.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful for your high blood pressure: “Creative Balance”, “Ancient Treasures”, “Internal Cleanse” and “Emotional Tranquility” teas and the “Super Clarity” and “Calm-fort/Sleeping” herbal formulas. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.