How to Lower Blood Pressure
You can use medications to lower your blood pressure. Unfortunately, drugs can not cure hypertension. Medication can only help to control your blood pressure. This means that you end up using medication for the rest of your life. One potential drawback is that the medications may have negative side effects. Worse, what often happens if you only rely on medication without doing any other changes, is that after a while your blood pressure starts to increase. You get stronger medication which helps for a while but after some time your blood pressure starts increasing again. And you get even more drugs and so on.
In most cases, trying to lower your blood pressure naturally is a much better idea. Things you can do include:
More Exercise: Physical activity will lower your blood pressure but it has to be done regularly. Easy things like a brisk 30 minute walk is three or four times a week is a good beginning. An exercise bike is a weather proof alternative. You can learn new things like dancing or martial arts.
Healthier Food: To keep it simple, try to maintain a healthy weight. Cut down on sodium (salt), don't add any extra salt. Note that canned food often contains a lot of sodium. Eat more fruit and vegetables, less meat. Replace red meat with fish or chicken.
Reduce Stress: Often easier said than done. Try relaxation exercises or learn meditation. Don't worry about the past, you can go back and change what has happened. Don't worry about things that may go wrong in the future, far too people worry about things that never happen.
Limit Alcohol Consumption: Drinking too much alcohol raises your blood pressure, and can cause a lot of other health issues as well. The same goes for smoking.
Note that caffeine will temporarily increase your blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension, you don't need any increase, temporarily or not. So limit your consumption of coffee and Coca-cola (and similar beverages)