Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Diet – 5 Foods You Should Consider!
Are you one of the more than 65 million Americans who have high blood pressure? What is even more frightening is that you could be amongst the many who doesn’t even know they have it – and during this time it can harm your heart, your blood vessels and other organs of your body. It is important to monitor this by having your blood pressure taken regularly.
The good news is we can prevent hypertension and beat it by adopting the right high blood pressure diet early on. The ideal hypertension diet will lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and even some types of cancer and will help you maintain a healthy weight. There is no magical ingredient and they are not hard to find. What you need to find out is which foods are healthy and curable and WHY, because remember it is what we eat that can cause this disease and at the same can help treat it.
Omega 3 – Fatty Acids
Increase your omega 3 fatty acid consumption- you’ll find these in salmon, tuna, and halibut. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.
These particular acids not only lower cholesterol levels but are proven to lower high blood pressure as well.
You need to increase your intake of whole oats to control not only blood pressure, but your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Increase your intake of vegetables and fruits; these ALONE are higher in potassium, magnesium and calcium – all nutrients that have been linked to significantly lower blood pressure. Consume bananas, melons, oranges for your fruit and sweet potatoes, spinach and soy beans for your vegetables.
Garlic and onion have been used for centuries in treating hypertension, they have the ability to strengthen the heart and maintain the bloodflow thereby regulating the pressure of the blood. The healing properties of garlic alone magical – start loving the smell and the taste of garlic. Start using them in your sour cream, your salads, soups, pastas and other foods.
Other vegetables to consider are potassium enriched such as sweet potatoes, spinach and soy bean.
Increase your intake of products that contain vitamin C whether is it through a vitamin supplement of increasing your fruit intake such as oranges.
Adjusting your diet to include these foods combined with some regular exercise you can be sure your blood pressure will lower. This is an easy and natural home cure accessible by all. It does require some research and perseverance and in many cases is a better alternative to using harmful medications or drugs.