When it comes to your blood pressure, it is very important to know what will elevate it and what will lower it. There are natural ways to lower your blood pressure, such as a healthy diet, yoga, meditation, and exercise, along with several other things. These are all good things to know and do in order to keep your blood pressure low and stay in good heart health. However, it is just as important to know the bad things that will raise your blood pressure and not have you be in good heart health. One of those bad things, is alcohol.
Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure to scary levels. When you actually consume three drinks or more in one sitting, you are raising your blood pressure to scary levels temporarily. Thus, the same can happen, but lead to more permanent raised levels, if you binge drink.
If you are a light, casual drinker, your blood pressure levels will not not raise or lower too much and stopping drinking will not change them that much either. However, if you are a heavier drinker and lower your drinking to a moderate level, your systolic blood pressure can lower 2 to 4 mm Hg and your diastolic blood pressure can lower 1 to 2 mm Hg. If you want to lower your blood pressure and you are a heavy drinker, start by lowering the number of drinks you drink, every week by one to two beverages. If you have high blood pressure and are not a heavy drinker, try and keep your drinking to a moderate level.
It is also important to know that excessive drinking can lead to weight gain and carrying extra, unwanted pounds can put more stress on you heart and raise you blood pressure. So, just remember that in order to stay in good heart health and keep blood pressure levels at a normal reading, you will want to watch how much alcohol you consume.