How to Lower High Blood Pressure With Food Rich in Potassium and Calcium
Hypertension or high blood pressure disease is sometimes known as the “Silent Killer”, because it often has no symptoms at all until something bad happens. To prevent you from this disease, you should be aware of the foods you eat, and I recommend food rich in potassium and calcium, because it can help control your blood pressure and gives you better health. In this article I want to share about how to lower high blood pressure with food rich in potassium and calcium.
When we talk about hypertension, firstly we should know about the types of hypertension, there are two types of hypertension; the first one is what we called primary hypertension, the cause of primary hypertension is still unknown and no specific medical cause can be found to explain a patient’s condition. The second one or secondary hypertension is the disease that is caused by another condition, such as kidney disease or tumors and it is sometimes reversible.
To control the high blood pressure, you can eat food rich in potassium and calcium. The most potassium-rich foods available for us are fruits and vegetables, including apples, oranges, bananas, spinach, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Potassium is a mineral like sodium and calcium, it is a mineral that is good for your heart and important for all nervous and cells of your body to function normally. People who are taking medication for hypertension are usually recommended to eat a food that is rich in potassium because the increased potassium may increase the amount of sodium excreted from the body. As you know sodium intake may lead to hypertension and approximately one third of the primary hypertensive population is responsive to sodium intake.
Another essential mineral for lower high blood pressure is calcium. This mineral is the top macro mineral when it comes to your bones. Calcium can also help prevent hypertension. In several studies, Expectant mothers may be able to prevent potentially serious medical problems like hypertension, preeclampsia, and of severe complications simply by increasing their daily calcium intake. There are several foods you can eat to boost calcium intake, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon and sardines with bones. But if you consider eating foods rich in both potassium and calcium, you can consume broccoli, wheat germ, sunflower, and dark leafy vegetables.
As you have probably known by now, to prevent hypertension and control the blood pressure, you should eat food rich in potassium and calcium. That means you should eat more fruits and vegetables. As you know there is a diet method called the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) which can lower your blood pressure less than two weeks. The DASH diet also suggests the followers to eat food rich in potassium and calcium.