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Blood Pressure Explained: What Blood Pressure Really Is

Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

I’ve recently heard a lot of myths about health, about the human body and how it works, and about what it needs in order to function at its best.

The body and the mind form a unique mechanism that has specific needs. You can sometimes “cheat” in the physical world.

You’ve surely heard of people who meditate and fast, and although they’re depriving their bodies of nutrients, they are still strong and healthy. But this is where balance and mindfulness occur – one compensates another.

Now let’s return to what most of us deal with – stress, worries, and emotional eating as a result.

The majority of people is already overburdened with many things to even think of meditation and fasting as a way to clear up their minds and their lives. No wonder we face so many diseases nowadays, no matter how hard we try to get away from them.

What is blood pressure?

blood pressure

Today, I’ll start with explaining you what blood pressure is, and why is it so important to keep it under control. There are two key points you need to consider when interpreting the values:

  • The first number represents the systolic pressure, meaning the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart beats.
  • The second number reveals the diastolic pressure, or the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart rests.

In simpler words, we measure blood pressure to see how strained and stressed is the body while the blood flows. If either or both of the values are raised, you’re at risk of suffering from strokes or heart attacks.

But what does raised mean? What are the values we should be looking for?

Normal Measurements Systolic Pressure <120 mmHg
Diastolic Pressure <80 mmHg
At Risk Systolic Pressure 120-140 mmHg
Diastolic Pressure 80-89 mmHg
High Measurements Systolic Pressure >140 mmHg
Diastolic Pressure >90 mmHg

Nonetheless, it is a two-sided coin – having low blood pressure is not ideal either. If the Systolic Pressure is below 90 mmHg or the Diastolic Pressure below 60 mmHg, you’ll feel dizzy and lifeless, because the blood hardly reaches all your organs.

Maintain a healthy blood pressure by cutting low the energizers and caffeine-based stimulants, limiting the salt intake, avoiding daily consumption of meat, and including lots of vegetables in your diet.

For a better health control, pay attention to your diet. Read this article to find out How To Decrease Your Blood Pressure.

Your health is in your hands!

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