Laughter + Melody = Lower Blood Pressure?
by A. Grano
|Laughter + Melody = Lower Blood Pressure?|
If you or a loved one struggles with high blood pressure, you may want to consider adding more laughter and music into your life. A new study presented at an American Heart Association meeting found that the positive effects from regular music or laughter sessions helped participants to lower systolic blood pressure after a sustained 3 month trial, compared to a control group that showed no change.
Blood pressure measurements were also taken before and after each therapy session, and short-term benefits were also noted. Even a modest drop in blood pressure has been linked to a lowered risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
The effects of participating in the music and laughter sessions were said to be comparable to cutting salt or losing 10 pounds – not bad for activities that are actually pleasurable! Note: experts did not recommend replacing such activities with traditional and natural therapies/treatment.
While the exact benefit on blood pressure from adopting these practices remains unclear, researchers suggest that laughter and music may help promote relaxation, which in turn reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, a contributing factor to high blood pressure.
More tips to help lower blood pressure
- Reduce your intake of alcohol
- Keep caffeine intake to a minimum.
- If you are a smoker, quit smoking!
- Adopt a healthy eating plan. If you are overweight and having difficulty losing those extra pounds, don’t rule out professional assistance from a nutritionist, fitness trainer, or support group.
- Learn to relax and manage stress.
- Regularly monitor blood pressure levels and work steadily towards your goals.
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