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REDUCE HYPERTENSION WITH PROPER DIET
21 February 2019
SUGARS CAN BE BITTER FOR HYPERTENSION PATIENTS
Eating excessive carbs and refined sugars is an open invitation to increase blood pressure. Numerous studies have shown that glucose and insulin resistance can alter blood pressure levels in the body. Plus, sugars also increase obesity, which just adds to the problem of Hypertension. It’s time to give a miss to colas, sodas, and cookies.
UP YOUR MINERAL INTAKE
While we all have heard to keep the sodium content low in our diet, it is important to increase the intake of other minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is an important mineral for muscle function and regulating the heartbeats by inducing electrical signals. Magnesium regulates blood pressure by reducing the stress signals, relaxes blood vessels and boosts energy. Calcium offers us more than just healthy bones and teeth. Calcium is a very important ingredient in the contraction and relaxation of muscles and blood vessels.
FATTY FISH FOR LEANER BLOOD PRESSURE
Omega 3 Fats are a modern-day wonder food. These fats have shown several beneficial properties especially when it comes to reducing hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. That’s because these fats contain DHA, an essential component which has shown to form a protective layer for the heart and other vital organs. Salmon, sardines, mackerels are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fats. One tip, use natural foods rather than all those Omega 3 supplements.
JUST BEET IT
According to many studies, Beetroot has been found as an excellent source of dietary nitrates. These are converted into nitrites and Nitric Oxide, which helps in dilation of blood vessels and improve blood circulation in the body. Want to get your blood pressure in rhythm? Simply add some beets into your diet.
DIET IS NOT ENOUGH
Blood pressure is a lifestyle disorder and diet is only a part of that lifestyle. To get things in order, you will need to include other activities like exercise, yoga, and meditation, which will help you lose weight and keep that stress away. And one very important reminder, stub those cigarettes and empty those alcohol bottles at home as they can worsen your hypertension woes. Enjoy spoonfuls of good health.