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Disclaimer: I am not a physician or any other medical professional.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is the act of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries with high force. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems including heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure can go unnoticed because of its sometimes non-obvious symptoms; so it’s always important to monitor your blood pressure with your physician.

Here are six ways to control or lower high blood pressure:

Participate in stress relieving activities like exercise, meditation, stretching, and breathing.

Increased stress and anxiety levels can make your arteries less elastic.

Limit your salt intake.

Salt makes you retain water in your blood. This increases blood pressure.

Curb weight gain.

Even a slight drop in weight, little by little, over time can help improve high blood pressure.

Limit eating fast food and processed food.

These foods are typically made for taste and not health, which means they are usually salty and fatty.

Limit alcohol intake.

Stop smoking.

Christopher Craft is a speaker and the author of O.P.E.N. Routine: Four Components to Personal Branding Excellence. He’s also the Chief Visionary at Nao Media and Consulting, adigital agency for the sports and entertainment industries. You can follow Chris onTwitter, connect with him onLinkedIn, and circle him onGoogle+.