#BPraisers: Things That Raise Your Blood Pressure

Keeping blood pressure under control can mean adding things to your life, like exercise, that help lower it. It can also mean avoiding things that raise it. Here is a list of BP raisers, and information on how to keep your pressure from getting too high.

Salt

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.

Decongestants

People with high blood pressure should be aware that the use of decongestants may raise blood pressure. Many over-the-counter cold and flu preparations contain decongestants.

Alcohol

If you drink, limit your consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for women

Hot tubs and saunas

People with high blood pressure should not move back and forth between cold water and hot tubs or saunas. This could cause an increase in blood pressure.

Weight gain

Did you know you may experience health benefits from losing as few as 10 pounds?

Sitting

Just a few minutes of light activity for people who sit most of the day can lower blood pressure in those with Type 2 diabetes.