How flossing can bring down high blood-pressure
Scientists contend that flossing one’s teeth can reduce the bacteria believed to be the culprit for arterial plaque that ends up thousands annually. Here’s a few other ways to reduce high blood-pressure and how that translates into athletic gains and more happiness.
In the middle of the day, in the hot-as-Hades summer sun, there are a percentage of the truly dedicated individuals that are working their proverbial tails off in order to be the best. Running sprints, returning serves, hitting homeruns and making tackles are all happening when that blowtorch in the sky is turned all the way up all across the country. With such a committed mass doing whatever it takes to be the best, in constant search for any significant advantage that can be had over the competition it’s a bit of a surprise that more athletes don’t floss on a regular basis (with a few that rarely brush twice a day-gross).
Yup, I said flossing tough guy. Heck, you can do it before you stretch in the shower as a nice morning routine that can positively affect your athletic pursuits and give you a leg-up on keeping your arteries nice and clean. Lowering your blood-pressure naturally is simple if you take action and adhere to the following tips.
Flossing your teeth not only improves your relationship with your dentist/opposite sex but can of course help your game on the field. Obviously, when your grill is nice and clean your dentist is psyched and loved ones don’t grimace when they approach the vicinity of your gargoyle mouth. Flossing can also keep bacteria associated with arterial plaque from even entering the bloodstream, thus resulting in a healthier heart and lower blood-pressure. A healthy blood pressure means better stamina. And better stamina means more awesomeness when it’s competition time.
You see, when an athlete’s blood-pressure gets too high the endurance and stamina go out of the window. So, by this simple act of flossing (and brushing) regularly you are helping your sports career and living a longer life. But to be fair, most people simply skip flossing altogether. A free-flowing arterial structure along with a nice, bright smile and a thriving athletic prowess are things I like enough to go ahead and spend that minute-or-so flossing before I start the day. I’m just weird like that.
Here are a few other ways all athletes can lower their blood-pressure without taking meds and subsequently improving their performance without suffering some of the nasty side-effects of high blood-pressure medications (Erectile Dysfunction is one of these side-effects).
-Drop the salt. Athletes need to try to get less than 2.4 grams of salt of daily intake. This is a biggie. If your salt intake is too high then that’s a problem for your arterial walls that want to relax (but can’t).
-Eat a banana. Yup, the potassium in a banana (almonds are a good source too) can help bring the BP down a bit. Plus, these two “super foods” are great for the rest of the body and mind. They should be consumed on a regular basis (use the peels for ideal compost in the garden too). Additionally, fruits like pomegranates and blueberries are extremely good for the cardiovascular system so there’s plenty of room for variety here and are even called the herbal equivalent of Viagra.
-Drink more water. Notice a trend? Many of these tactics are cheap or free. Drink up little birdie. Your heart will thank you for it.
-Have more sex. People that have more sex in a safe, monogamist, married relationship have healthier hearts (probably because what Dr. Love prescribes is a bit of effort-any workout is a good workout and good for the heart). Plus, it’s awesome.
-Drop the pork, Porkie. Dropping bacon, breakfast sausage, and pretty much any kind of sausage or hotdogs from your diet is a great way to eliminate a big culprit for high blood-pressure: salt. Yup, those pancakes taste oh, so good with bacon but in the tradition of my Jewish friends I mostly skip on this now. L’Chaim!
-Get more sleep. When you don’t sleep your cortisol levels go up, which means you’re stressed out! AND WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED OUT YOU GET ANGRY!!! Whoa. Take it easy by getting more sleep and just watch the systolic/diastolic blood-pressure get below 120/80 (the ideal blood-pressure target). Plus, when you get more sleep your body burns fat more efficiently. Double-whammy!
-Eat less sugar. Now, I’m not saying let’s all go all, Atkins Diet-ish in the name of reducing consumed sugar. I’m simply saying that when a can of soda has 50+ grams of sugar (imagine 15 packets of sugar you find at a restaurant-that’s in the can BRO) you gotta put it down. When the body processes sugar (simple sugar, especially) its natural response is an inflammatory one. An inflamed heart and arteries is prone to heart disease and high blood-pressure. And don’t reach for the diet soda either. It’s just as bad with unknown variables pertaining to cancer in mice that were fed aspartame. That huge piece of German chocolate cake (for somebody’s birthday) in the break room at the job is NOT calling your name. It’s your boss. Stop daydreaming about cake.
-Drop the booze, dude. Alcohol and other drugs (yes, even OTC fat-burner/energy pills) can raise your blood-pressure. A lot. The proof is in the latest angry rant from Mel Gibson. All jokes aside, when you take comfort with Southern Comfort your body’s reaction to this particular poison is to ramp up the BP. A consistent stroll with Jim Beam can mean fewer walks eventually…cause heart attacks kill people.
While all these items are easy to do and free or very cheap, a majority of the readership will likely NOT practice any of these lifestyle modifications. The reason being is that eating less greasy food, while skipping the soda AND the ice-cold beer for iced water is a lot easier said than done. The easiest way to get healthier (and happier) and to prolong one’s career (in anything) is to tackle each item one-by-one. Try skipping sodas for a month. After the 28 days or so, dropping soda pop is probably a habit.
Then, try flossing, etc. Repeat. Easy enough, right?
Until next time…train harder and smarter.
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The ideal blood-pressure is 120/80 systolic/diastolic. Keep it there or go get a prescription for Viagra.
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