When you have high blood pressure, foods can either help or harm you. Let’s take a look at a few rules of thumb when it comes to foods and controlling your high blood pressure – these tips could lead to saving your life.
Some foods are important to add to your diet when you have high blood pressure. Foods high in potassium have been shown to help reduce blood pressure. This includes foods such as kidney beans, cantaloupe, dried fruits, bananas, potatoes, and carrots.
Foods that contain anthocyanins actually help to decrease blood pressure. These chemicals help blood vessels to stay dilated. When you eat berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, you’ll get some of this important chemical naturally.
Whole grain foods have also been shown to help lower blood pressure. For example oatmeal and whole wheat products can help you to improve your heart health. These also help lower your cholesterol.
If you’re not eating very many beets, you may want to add these nutritious vegetables to your diet to lower your blood pressure. Beet juice is full of nitrates that are very beneficial for your heart health and blood pressure.
In fact, some studies have shown that drinking a glass of beet juice each day was as effective as some prescription medications in controlling high blood pressure. Make sure to talk to your doctor about adding this to your routine.
You should also make sure you get plenty of low fat dairy products such as skim milk, low fat yogurt, and cottage cheese. People who eat a diet rich in these items are less likely to have problems with blood pressure.
When you have high blood pressure, foods can also cause you harm. In particular, foods high in sodium can raise your blood pressure. Make sure to check the sodium content of the foods you eat. Foods that are highly processed or canned often have more sodium than other options.
You should also avoid foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. High blood pressure plus high cholesterol are a deadly combination. Cholesterol can collect in hardened arteries and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
In general, any healthy diet includes plenty of lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. Eating as few processed foods as possible is also a great step toward good health.
When you’re watching your blood pressure, it’s important to make sure your diet is working for you instead of against you. With high blood pressure foods can really make the difference between good and poor health.
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