Contributing Factors to High Blood Pressure

Now if you’re one of the people who fall into the more severe hypertension groups, you may want to know what exactly is causing your blood pressure to be so high and how to reverse it. Ultimately, there are two categories which could explain your current state. The first category is genetics. Some people are born with higher blood pressure than others, and this is usually remedied with prescription drugs. The second category is the more likely of the two — poor lifestyle choices.

You can prevent most types of chronic disease with a healthy lifestyle and the same applies to prevent high blood pressure. Here are some things you should avoid to keep your heart healthy and working optimally.



Reaching for a cigarette? You may want to think again. As if various forms of cancer, bad breath and crappy skin weren’t enough to make you butt out, cigarette smoke, particularly the nicotine in them, has been shown to cause a narrowing of artery walls, making it harder for blood to circulate. This makes it easier for blood clots to form and raises the risk of heart attack or stroke.


This one is a no-brainer. And yet, somehow obesity and heart disease are two of the world’s deadliest killers. A diet high in sugar and unhealthy fats are direct causes of arterial plaque build up. These plaques restrict the flow up blood through the veins, causing blood pressure to skyrocket and, as expected, dramatically increase your chances of a fatal heart attack.


While most people would associate alcohol with being a sedative, it does temporarily raise your blood pressure from the moment of consumption. While the elevation is only slight, a person who consistently drinks would experience a slight yet constant rise in blood pressure, leading to further related health risks.


Like alcohol, the effects of caffeine on blood pressure are short lived. However, if you’re someone who already has high blood pressure, you may want to minimise or avoid caffeine use altogether. While the exact reason for the rise is not known, it is believed that the stimulant nature of caffeine inhibits a hormone in the body that causes the artery walls to maintain their width.

Anyone who is getting ready to change their lifestyle through exercise and diet should always get a full health checkup before making the change. Many people suffer from high blood pressure without knowing it. It is never too late to change your lifestyle.

Healthy change starts with diet and getting a general health check before hitting the gym. Many gyms are introducing health checkup requirements as a part of membership to protect themselves and the health of their members. Do the right thing and get your blood pressure checked before you start your exercise regime.


Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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