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Some simple lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure can help you to reduce the amount of medication you need, or even avoid it altogether.

Embrace Healthy Foods

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2. Embrace Healthy Foods

Focus on your diet to lose those extra pounds. Limit or eliminate processed foods, which are high in saturated fats, refined sugar, artificial additives and lots of empty calories. Adopt of healthy diet — the Mediterranean diet has been shown to improve both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. This diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables, some fruits, whole grains, healthy oils, beans, nuts and seeds. There is also a diet specifically designed to lower blood pressure called the DASH diet (DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).

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