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I have high blood pressure. It is regularly around 140/85 but used to be consistently 110/70. I am 33 years old, I run or walk 4 miles a day for exercise, and I eat reasonably healthy foods. I weigh 120 pounds or less at 5'6 " tall. I feel like I <i>shouldn't</i> have high blood pressure. The only health factor that probably contributes to this problem is anxiety, for which I am now medicated. What else can I do to reduce my blood pressure? I am so uncomfortable knowing it is this high!
 

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Depending on the medication you are on, that could be the culprit. Before I started my medications, my BP was usually rather low. Since starting my meds (Lexapro / Welbutrin) it seems to hover in the Pre-Hypertensive area. The only time it goes down is after some serious meditation.<br><br>
Check with your prescribing doctor about it.
 

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If it were me I'd want to get to the root of the anxiety/ high BP.<br><br>
Have you had your <a href="http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/Hypothyroid.html" target="_blank">thyroid</a> and <a href="http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/adrenal.html" target="_blank">adrenals</a> tested? Endocrine disorders can often lead to both anxiety and wonky blood pressure.<br><br>
You can read about natural approaches to hypertension here:<br><a href="http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/hypertension.html" target="_blank">http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/hypertension.html</a>
 

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I have also been thin, healthy, eaten well my whole life and have hypertension. i too have anxiety/depression and my blood pressure was extremely high on Wellbutrin. Be careful of that drug! After stopping it the BP went down but never to my normal range and I am on bp meds now. Do you have a family history of heart disease or hypertension? That could also play a role. Good luck!<br>
ETA: Birth control pills/hormonal BC can also raise your blood pressure
 

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140/85 is not out of normal range. I would really just try and control it with diet. Mostly garlic and some teas which I am sure you can get at hfs.<br><br>
Since they have medication for B/P, they have consistently lowered the "normal" range. Yours use to be considered normal. Same goes for cholesterol.<br>
Book suggestion - <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Overdosed America</span>.
 

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My thyroid has been tested, and tested. Not my adrenals, though. My "high" blood pressure existed before I took any medication for anxiety. I am waiting to see if, when the anxiety symptoms subside, the blood pressure goes down. Already my heart rate has been lowered significantly! (It was speedy fast, supposedly due to anxiety as well.) I am taking 100 mg Zoloft, for those who wondered about the medication contributing. I have tried to manage my anxiety for more than 10 years with no medication, and I do not regularly take anything else either. I would NOT want a blood pressure pill! As for teas and garlic, I can surely do that!
 

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<a href="http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure" target="_blank">http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-hi...blood-pressure</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.resperate.com" target="_blank">http://www.resperate.com</a><br><br>
It's an FDA approved blood pressure lowering device that helps control your breathing. It's very simple, non-invasive, non-medicated etc. It just walks your through slowing down your breath rate. Since it's FDA approved you can pay for it with and FSA or HSA. It's what they use in the migraine clinic for my DD1.
 
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