One in every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. 

Blood pressure is defined as the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls

A normal blood pressure reading is less than 120/80.

The top number is called systolic. This measures the pressure of the blood when your heart beats.

The bottom number is called the diastolic and measures the blood pressure while your heart is at rest between beats. 

What can raise your blood pressure? 

What are the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure

Stick around to learn the factors that influence blood pressure.

What are the Factors That Influence Blood Pressure? 

What can raise blood pressure? What is the cause of a sudden blood pressure spike?

You've heard of high blood pressure, but what about low blood pressure?

Different aspects of your lifestyle will have an effect on your blood pressure. Let's take a look at what contributes to your blood pressure reading. 

1. Exercise

Exercise alters blood fat levels by increasing HDL or good cholesterol. It also increases the blood flow through all of your arteries.

Natural hormones are released with more blood flow and in turn, relax the blood vessels leading to lower blood pressure. 

2. Your Weight

As you gain weight, your blood pressure rises and conversely, losing weight will lower it. 

The easiest way for an already overweight person to lower their blood pressure is by losing weight, even losing ten pounds will help. 

3. Sodium 

It's important to watch the amount of sodium in your diet. A diet with sodium-rich foods will cause you to retain fluid and cause your arteries to constrict. 

Both of these occurrences lead to high blood pressure.  

4. Alcohol

Drinking more than two drinks every day puts you at risk for hypertension. Hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure. 

Hypertension is a major risk for stroke and heart attack. 

5. Potassium

Blood pressure would increase as a result of a decrease in potassium because potassium helps to balance the sodium levels in your cells. 

6. Stress

Do you have a stressful job or other stress factors in your life? High levels of stress will cause a dramatic increase in blood pressure. It is often temporary, but the way in which you deal with stress, i.e. with eating, alcohol or smoking, will exacerbate the problem.

Use yoga, meditation or other relaxation methods to deal with stress. These methods will keep your blood pressure in check.  

7. Diet

A healthy diet is your best defense when it comes to high blood pressure and heart disease. 

Choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Stay away from foods with saturated fats.

Trying to Keep Your Blood Pressure in the Normal Range?

Now that you know the factors that influence blood pressure, you can try to keep your blood pressure reading where it needs to be. Did you find this article informative? Check out our other blood-pressure-related articles to help you stay at your healthiest.