Counting steps to lower blood pressure

If you struggle to control high blood pressure, you might consider stepping it up to walk the walk.

Last year I told you about a Stanford University study that showed how using a pedometer to count daily steps helped exercisers increase their physical activity by nearly 27 percent.

Over the 18-week study, pedometer use was also shown to accelerate weight loss and decrease systolic blood pressure.

This technique has worked for an HSI member named Peggy, who writes: “Jenny, In response to your walking story: I’ve got a pedometer on my cell phone and I use it every day to make sure I get in at least 8,000 steps.

“I started at 4,000 steps and have gradually increased my daily total. I’ve been using it since September and have logged more than 800 miles since then. Using the pedometer has been very rewarding to me because it keeps a log for me. I haven’t lost one pound since September but my BP has gone from 140/90 to 116/75.”

Nice work, Peggy!

And take that, Stanford! A mere 27 percent increase. Ha! HSI members doubled their physical activity! (OK…not very scientific, I know…but still.)

…and one more thing

On Monday I told you about Pill-Glide, the spray you can use to make it easier to take vitamins or other pills. No sooner did I hit send than I got this note from one of my contacts at NorthStar Nutritionals:

“Hi Jenny…just wanted to make sure you know that we sell Pill-Glide, too. And ours is made with stevia (for people who don’t use artificial sweeteners). Because of that, it does cost about a buck or two more than the kind at Walgreen’s but I figured you’d want to let your readers know they can get it from us–and they can get it with stevia.”

I don’t know what I was thinking. You would think being on the NorthStar advisory board, I would remember what products we sell!

If you want to get Pill-Glide with stevia from NorthStar, click here!

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson