There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood PressureThere Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure


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There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure

I used to thinkt that people in good health just had "healthy genes" and that daily habits didn't affect health very much. Due to that belief, when my doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and prescribed a medication to treat it, I didn't take it at first. I soon got a health "wake up call" when I began experiencing chest pains. My wife took me to the ER and, thankfully, they determined I wasn't having a heart attack, like I thought I was. The next day, I began taking my medication and living a healthier lifestyle. Soon, I was able to stop the medication due to my lifestyle changes, but I still monitor my blood pressure at home just to "stay on the safe side." I wanted to share my story to help others and plan to post many more health tips on my new blog.

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Meal Changes To Help Reduce Acid Reflux Disease

Acid reflux disease can be extremely painful. In order to cope with this disease, you should absolutely see a doctor and talk to him or her about steps that you can take to manage your symptoms. However, it can take awhile to be able to get an appointment to see a doctor. As a result, you will need to take steps on your own to manage your acid reflux disease symptoms. Here are some tips for for changing your meals that will allow you to minimize your symptoms.

1. Eat More, Smaller Meals

You are going to experience fewer symptoms and less pain if you eat more than three meals a day but make sure that every meal is a smaller meal. This is helpful because it puts less stress on your stomach and allows you to digest everything more easily without the levels of pain that you experience after you eat a big meal. 

2. Keep Track of Your Triggers

There are likely certain foods and drinks that tend to trigger your acid reflux disease and the pain that comes along with it. However, if you aren't paying attention to what you eat, you might have a hard time identifying what those triggers and  therefore you likely have a hard time staying away from them. By keeping a food journal of everything that you eat, the time that you eat, and then the time that you experience acid reflux pain, you will be able to figure out which foods are causing you pain and then stay away from them. Do this for a week or so until you think that you have identified all of the triggers.

3. Raise the Head of Your Bed

Raise the end of the bed where you put your head by a few inches. You can do this by putting blocks or bricks of concrete underneath the legs of the head of your bed. This will force your stomach's contents to trend towards the ground and away from heart and head. This will reduce the chances that you will experience acid reflux while you sleep. To further reduce those chances, make sure that you stop eating a few hours before you plan to go to bed.

For more information and more comprehensive relief, be sure that you see a doctor as soon as you can. They will have medications that will help you manage the disease more effectively.