8 Things That Are Currently Raising Your Blood Pressure
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8 Things That Are Currently Raising Your Blood Pressure

August 29, 2019


1 in 3 adults in the U.S. suffer from high
blood pressure. That’s over 75 million people! But why? Am I smoking too much? Is loneliness a factor? Hang on, is waiting too long to go to the
bathroom hightening it? We’re talking all of that AND more… Let’s talk 8 Things That Are Increasing
Your Blood Pressure. Waiting too long to use the facilities Yes, we’re starting out strong. We’ve all been there. Desperately running around trying to find
the bathroom when there’s none in site. While you’re busy focusing on how uncomfortable
it is, there’s something else you need to take into account. Waiting to go to the bathroom can actually
affect your blood pressure. Studies show that emptying your bladder can
lower your blood pressure significantly, especially after waiting extended periods of time. Urinary retention, the inability to fully
empty your bladder or even start urinating, is shown to spike your blood pressure level. If your urinary tract becomes infected, this
can eventually lead to a high blood pressure reading as well as kidney damage. 2. Loneliness It’s about to get dark. Who knew that spending massive amounts of
time alone can increase your blood pressure. The truth is that life can get lonely, which
can take a terrible toll on our health. Before I explain any further, I think I need
to bring up millimetres of mercury or “mmHg”– A little metric system action for you guys! This is what they measure your blood pressure
by. In a 2010 study, researchers found that those
experiencing feelings of loneliness had a blood pressure increase of about 2mmHg. While this is a relatively minor difference
from those who weren’t feeling lonely, an increase in blood pressure can potentially
lead to a heart attack, stroke or kidney problems. 3. Waiting in the doctor’s office This is another experience we’ve all had,
or at least one we’ll all have in time. The waiting room at a doctor’s office can
be a cesspool of anxiety. Your knee nervously shaking as you sit upright
in your chair, awaiting crucial results from an exam. It’s simply terrifying. The average wait time for U.S. doctor’s
offices is around 20 minutes. While this amount of time would seem like
nothing anywhere else, it could feel like a year at the doctor’s office. This is why many waiting rooms have monitor
machines available for patients to measure their blood pressure. Doctors can keep tabs on those with abnormal
readings while they’re awaiting treatment. Blood pressure monitors also allow patients
to educate themselves on the importance of taking control of their measurements. 4. Sleep Deprivation There’s a lot of things that surprisingly
spike your blood pressure, but losing sleep? C’mon now. The average adult is recommended to get between
7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Any less can affect your body’s ability
to produce hormones, which will directly cause your blood pressure to increase. People who suffer from sleep apnea are also
vulnerable to this increase. As if sleep apnea wasn’t frightening already. For those of you fortunate enough not to know
about this affliction, sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which a patient stops breathing
while asleep, only to start again. When this happens, your blood oxygen level
drops, resulting in an increase in heart problems and blood pressure. As you can imagine, sleep is pretty important
you guys. If you’d like to learn more about great
sleep tips, check out our video on Great Sleeping Positions That Can Improve Your Health. Also, are you a midnight eater? Don’t be ashamed, a lot of us are. Check out another video we have on 6 Bedtime
Snacks You Can Eat That Will Help You Sleep. 5. Smoking cigarettes Let’s face it, this one ain’t exactly
a curveball. Of course smoking hurts your blood pressure! Remember a minute ago when we discussed millimetres
of mercury? While smoking a cigarette, your blood pressure
will immediately see a rise anywhere between 5 to 10mmHg. After about 20 minutes, it’s said to return
back to normal. A smoking habit can narrow your arteries,
leading to things such as… You guessed it! Heart disease and stroke! 6. Dehydration We can’t say this with enough emphasis,
drink your water, people! In the world of high blood pressure, nothing
spells it out quite like missing out on fluids. When one becomes dehydrated, your body works
to constrict your blood vessels. This eventually results in an increase in
blood pressure, which can lead to hypertension. We’re not saying you should be carrying
your own personal water bottle is going to prevent all of this… But it will. 7. Antidepressants Is there anything that can’t increase your
blood pressure at this point? I mean it’s very disconcerting when substances
we take to improve are health are also hurting us. Just take antidepressants. Wait, I don’t mean take antidepressants
as in “you need them”. I mean just listen to this ex– You know what
nevermind. Antidepressants drastically affect your blood
pressure over time! Are you familiar with the chemicals serotonin
and dopamine? I’m sure you’ve heard of them, but I’ll
explain anyways just to hear myself talk. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter
meant to help your brain regulate things like mood, appetite and social behaviour among
others. Dopamine is another neurotransmitter that
assists your body with motivation and movement. When a patient consumes antidepressants, their
body’s reaction to serotonin and dopamine changes. This causes internal tension, resulting in
your blood pressure raising. But it’s not just antidepressants. Depression alone can be a heavy burden on
your physical health. While many of you probably associate high
blood pressure with anxiety or paranoia, a feeling of emotional despair can cause hypertension
as well. This is likely fueled by two other factors
we’ve discussed, smoking and sleep deprivation. In a study of 3000 adults during the 1970’s,
researchers initially took note of how each person was feeling mentally. When the researchers measure their blood years
later, they discovered that those who reported depression and anxiety were two to three times
more likely to have hypertension. 8. Eating seafood Remember how it seemed like almost anything
could cause your blood pressure to shoot up? There’s no doubt a steady diet of creamy
food can lead to hypertension, but seafood? Give me a break. We’ve all heard about seafood’s health
benefits. It’s low in fat, low in cholesterol and
high in protein. But the sodium… My the sodium. Health professionals recommend you consume
no more than 2300 milligrams of sodium per day. Did you know that the average can of tuna
contains over 300mg? Doesn’t seem like that much right? Well a serving of crab legs contains as much
as 800 to 1000 mg of sodium. If I were you, I’d skip that new seafood
restaurant down the street. Put both tuna and crab legs together and your
hearts in for one heck of a wild ride. When you consume too much salt, your body
will hold onto whatever water it can in order to flush it out of your system. As a result, the water will put pressure on
to your heart and blood vessels, causing your blood pressure to rise. Clear my schedule guys, I’ll be spending
the next few hours cleaning out my freezer. Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Do any of these factors apply to you? Sound off in the comment section and don’t
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  1. Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

  2. I need to work on lowering my blood pressure! I'll keep these tips in mind! Thanks for the help!

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