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Lower Your High Blood Pressure With Proper Diet

Jul 7, 2008
High blood pressure is a medical condition that requires absolute attention on the food that you eat. There are certain foods that make the blood pressure shot up to alarming levels. High blood pressure is usually related to the aging process. It is also medically referred to as hypertension and it is a condition that indicates that the heart is working extra hard to pump blood to the different parts of the body. More often than not, high blood pressure is a symptom of a more complicated disease.

To most people, the recently developed new diet for high blood pressure called DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, Diet is a veritable shot in the arm. Across the globe, hypertension afflicts people of all societies at alarming rates. In the U.S. alone, over 65 million - or a third - of the adults have hypertension. It therefore comes as a great boon to be informed that the right diet combined with a healthy lifestyle will not only keep blood pressure levels low among sufferers, but will also prevent healthy ones from being afflicted.

The diet that has to be followed by people with high blood pressure is simple - cut out on salty foods or foods with high sodium content. Sodium can make your blood pressure go up unnecessarily. You don't want your arteries all clogged up, adding more strain to your heart. Live a healthy lifestyle and counter high blood pressure. Here are good diet and meal suggestions:

Breakfast and Snacks

Fruits such banana and apples
Low-fat milk

Fruits contain vitamins that can help in the oxidation process. You don't want free radicals in your system that could affect your cells, more particularly your red blood cells. Fruits are vital to every balanced diet. Eat them for snacks and breakfast rather than consuming tortilla chips, pork rinds, and peanuts, which can be very high in salt content and cholesterol.

Oats is very high in fiber that can help dissolve bad cholesterol in the blood. Without too much cholesterol, the blood moves freely to the different parts of the body. Oats are better alternatives to ready-to-serve breakfast cereals, which can have high sodium content.

Lunch and Dinner

Freshly cooked chicken soup
Roasted lean meat
Vegetable salad
Fruits for dessert
Fresh fruit juice

Canned chicken soup cannot replace freshly prepared homemade chicken soup. Besides, the canned variants are high in salt. People suffering from high blood pressure should refrain from eating canned or preserved foods plainly because they are prepared unnaturally. You don't want the added ingredients they have there interfering with your blood pressure.

Lean meat is a good source of protein. But the better choices for meat will always be the white meat variants, such as poultry and fish. High blood pressure patients are advised to follow a diet that is moderately high in protein.

Vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals. However, people with high blood pressure are advised not to eat too much green leafy vegetables, as they are conducive to blood clotting. However, the fibers they contain are essential to the health so they should not be removed from your meals altogether. Other vegetables such as carrots, peas, potatoes, and radish have nutrients that are going to be very helpful as well.

The foods that have to be avoided at all times are smoked meats, cured meats, seasonings, salted snacks, picked foods, cheese and cheese spreads, fatty foods, butter, and sodas.
About the Author
Jack L Bloom is the owner of The Diet Guide. For more information about lowering high blood pressure with proper diet visit the Diet for High Blood Pressure page.
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