Hey everyone! I hope your day is going well, and that love and happiness is quickly manifesting into your life! If you weren’t aware May is national High Blood Pressure awareness month, and when you are dealing with an infection like HIV, you want to make sure that you are watching your blood pressure as well as your overall health. When you have an HIV infection, you are more likely to have high blood pressure and hypertension. These are part of what they call the “non-infectious consequences” that the prolonging of the life of people living with the infection has come to show. Since your body’s immune system is constantly working hard to fight off the virus, you can experience chronic inflammation in your arteries. Chronic inflammation is linked to high blood pressure, so that explains why you are more at risk. So since it’s important to be extra careful I thought would offer some tips that will help you combat HIV infection and High Blood pressure at the same time:
- Drink less alcohol – Drinking alcohol in itself can raise your blood pressure. So it’s best to try to limit yourself to one drink a day to help you combat High Blood Pressure.
- Switch to dark chocolate – This is a more fun tip o the list. Switching from milk chocolate to dark, as long as it has at least 70% cocoa, will help your veins become more elastic.
- Limit your salt intake – This is a well known tip to lower your blood pressure. But how much salt should you eat? Mayo Clinic suggests that you should work to limit your sodium intake to 2,300mg per day if you are under the age of 51 or 1,500mg per day if you are over 51.
- Eat Fish – Fish is packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and those fats are High blood pressure fighting machines. Adding fish to your diet can give you a nice supply of this necessary fat. It is also recommend to eat fish VS using fish oil supplements as well.
- Reduce stress – Stress, arguing, fighting, all these things can make your blood pressure skyrocket! Lowering your stress levels are imperative, but easier said than done right? Well If you are new to BGH, Last month was stress awareness month, Click here and here for tips on combating your stress.
So those are 5 tips that you can use to combat High blood pressure. Make sure that you are always eating a balanced diet to get all of the nutrients and vitamins that you need to help your immune system fight. You also want to stay at a healthy weight and exercise regularly as well to stay active. I hope that these tips help you out, and if you need more help, you can also get more information on HIV/AIDS from the U.S. National Library of Medicine here at their MedlinePlus website.
Live your best life sis, and do everything you can to stay healthy while doing it!