Low Blood Pressure Diet? No pressure at all.
Unfortunately, high blood pressure affects one in three Americans. Sure, medication can help control the issue for a lot of people, but, as with the majority of health conditions, healthy habits and healthful eating is also very important. Please follow along and see our tips to work toward the best diet for high blood pressure.
The DASH Diet
Per Consumer Reports, the effect of diet on hypertension has been extensively studied.
“There are many different diets with purported benefits for high blood pressure, but DASH has the strongest base of evidence,” says Stephen Juraschek, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Harvard Medical School who focuses on cardiovascular disease.
DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, includes fruits and vegetables (8 to 10 servings a day), whole grains, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy, lean meat (such as poultry and seafood), and healthy fats. It limits red meat, added sugars, and unhealthy fats. Read up on the DASH Diet, here.
Limit Your Salt Intake
A 2001 study in The New England Journal of Medicine tells us that limiting sodium and following the DASH diet results in even bigger reductions in lowering your blood pressure.
We’d suggest getting out of the habit of salting your foods, sure. But we must remember that Packaged and Prepared foods contain more than 70% of our sodium intake! The #1 source for sodium in our diets are Bread and Rolls. Salad Dressing? Just two teaspoons (tsp!) can hold a quarter of our reccomended daily amount of sodium.
Foods That Lower Blood Pressure
Instead of preaching, why don’t we show you how? Huh? Below are a few doctor reccomended foods that will work to lower your blood pressure!
Beans, Peas, and Lentils
Flaxseed & Pumpkin Seeds
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