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Eat Foods That Lower Blood Pressure

Jul 8, 2008
If you have high blood pressure, you need to pay attention to your diet. You should avoid certain foods if you want to help lower your blood pressure.

Drinking alcohol occasionally may not be detrimental to blood pressure, but drinking it a lot is. Alcohol has been known to have a detrimental effect on your blood pressure, and can raise it. High blood pressure damages the walls of your blood vessels, which in turn elevates your blood pressure even more. If you drink excessively, this can cause serious blood vessel difficulties and make your high blood pressure even more difficult to treat.

You can also increase your chances of having more complications with your blood pressure. Some studies have shown that a small amount of alcohol can have a protective effect on your heart. However, you should not take the risk nor should you have this attitude. You should cut alcohol out of your diet entirely.

Salt is another thing most Americans get too much of. If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should cut excess salt out of your diet. Of course, foods contain sodium naturally, and small amounts of sodium are indeed necessary. Nonetheless, you can get everything you need from your food naturally without adding any additional salt.

If you already have high blood pressure, consuming excess salt is probably forbidden on your diet. Even if your blood pressure is optimal, too much salt can still be detrimental to your health. A good way to begin to adjust your salt intake is to make sure you cook without salt altogether, and then taste your food before you add any. In general, opt add no more than about a half a teaspoon of table salt to your food on a daily basis, and avoid pre-salted foods such as processed junk food like potato chips or pretzels, or even some canned products such as soups and tomato products.

Saturated fats like trans fats are bad for your blood vessels and your heart. Your circulatory system can be damaged when you eat a lot of fats. You need to have a diet that is not full of these types of fats. The foods you should stay away from include fast foods, fried foods, cakes, and sugars. Trans fats are also in red meats, canola oil, and olives. The best meats for you to consider are meats like fish and chicken.

If your circulatory system is already under a lot of stress because you have high blood pressure, high fat foods can plays an additional stress on your body. Dairy products too, should be of the low fat or no fat variety, since full fat dairy products contain lots of saturated fat.

If you have high blood pressure, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fish. Eat modest amounts of dairy products and meat, and include some sources of monounsaturated fats in your diet, such as moderate amounts of nuts, canola oil, or olive oil.

If you have high blood pressure, the food you eat is very important. If you eat a lot of high fat or highly salted food, this can cause your blood pressure to go off without your even being aware of it. Eat foods low in salt and saturated fat, and avoid excess alcohol consumption. All of this can be very damaging to your blood vessels, which in turn can raise your blood pressure. By contrast, a good diet can also significantly lower your blood pressure.
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