High Blood Pressure Diet

Millions of people suffer from high blood pressure all around the world, and for them it can be very problematic when it comes to knowing what they should eat.

The main purpose of this article is to educate us in what is beneficial for us and what is not when it comes to selecting an appropriate high blood pressure diet.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure occurs when the blood is pushing too hard against the artery walls due to narrowing blood vessels.

The sad truth is that you’re likely to need long-term treatment for high blood pressure as it isn’t curable. However the good news is there are many way you can reduce your chances of suffering from high blood pressure.

Foods that help lower blood pressure:
Fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, beans and nuts are recommended. Others include:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Milk
  • Broccoli
  • Turmeric
  • Celery
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Vitamin C
Top Tips

Your GP or nurse is likely to discuss lifestyle changes which might help. For example, he or she might advise you to:

  • Stop smoking
  • Change your diet to a low-fat, low-salt diet
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Cut down on coffee and high-caffeine drinks, such as cola
  • Take some regular, moderate exercise
  • Lose any excess weight
  • Avoiding stressful situations

High levels of fatty foods and sugar can narrow our arteries, making our blood vessels rigid and more vulnerable to blood clotting which can lead to heart disease or strokes.

The other big problem, is excess salt. Recent figures show that as a nation we eat one third too much salt in our diet. If we simply stopped adding salt to our food we would signficantly reduce blood pressure and associated diseases.

Research also suggests that sticking to the advised intake of salt (5g a day for women and 7g for men) would mean 22 per cent fewer deaths from strokes and 16 per cent fewer from heart attacks – saving 34,000 lives a year!

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