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8 pill-free ways to lower your blood pressure

A healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables can help to lower and control high blood pressure.

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Try losing weight, changing your diet, and exercising.

Sometimes getting your blood pressure under control requires that you take several medications each day, such as a diuretic and a calcium-channel blocker. But some therapies don't involve medication. "People who have drug intolerances or are unwilling to take medications can try pill-free therapy, and it can also be used to make a medication regimen more effective," says Dr. Randall Zusman, a cardiologist and Harvard Medical School associate professor.

Pill-free therapy also reduces your risk of developing high blood pressure if you don't have it. Consider trying even just one of the following steps.

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