One of the leading health condition not only in the U.S. but on many parts of the world is high blood pressure. There are many causes of high blood pressure like stress, unhealthy lifestyles like smoking and alcoholism, and among many others. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be reverse by just doing the shift towards a healthy way of life including regular physical activities, and clean eating. And, speaking of clean and healthy eating habits, here are 5 foods that can help maintain blood pressure level to normal.
Certainly, there are many other foods, but sometimes many people get confused which one to eat first. So, here are 5 common foods that you can eat on regular along with your diet to keep your blood pressure at a calm level. Also, note that high blood pressure is also known as hypertension, which can eventually result to heart-related problems if not addressed at an early stage. The best way to detect if you’re a hypertensive is to check with your doctor. If your doctor recommends some medications for lowering blood pressure level, it’s a good idea to incorporate these foods along with your medications. Of course, ask your doctor regarding these foods to make sure there are no interactions.
The head of the list of the 5 foods good for maintaining blood pressure is a very common fruit, banana. Banana contains potassium, which heart-friendly according to health experts as opposed to sodium that can cause blood pressure level to rise because of its water retaining property. There are many good supplements that contain potassium which you can take regularly, but getting it them naturally is a lot healthier. Another natural source of potassium that you can take is coconut water, and moringa (also known as moringa oleifera).
Banana can be consumed in many ways from eating a ripe banana to incorporating it on a different meal like at oatmeal, or perhaps turn the banana into a smoothie to make it taste delicious plus you can add more blood pressure friendly foods like cinnamon. However, if you’re making a banana smoothie, avoid using sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. The sweetness of the banana itself is more than enough to sweetened the smoothie.
Consumption of beetroot juice has been found to lower blood pressure significantly according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London. The researchers concluded the reason behind this blood pressure friendly effect of beetroot is due to the nitrates content.
While the study used beetroot juice, you can consume beetroot by simply cooking them as usually do at home, add to stews, stir fry, and even eat it raw, or include in on your greens. Don’t get confused between sugar beets and beetroot. They are different.
3. Green Leafy Vegetables
Just as with banana, green leafy veggies are abundant sources of potassium and many other minerals and nutrients. When you eat greens as raw as in salad, it helps relax the blood vessels making the blood pressure level go down to normal. Among the common greens you can consume include spinach, turnip, kale, lettuce, and moringa. While there are canned versions of these greens, it is not advisable to go for it. Instead, choose the fresh ones because it has no added sodium which is not good for blood pressure. Canned veggies has sodium as part of preservation.
In addition, always aim to picking organic produced. Sadly, in some regions, it may be difficult to obtain authentic organic produced, but there’s a way to reduce chemicals in the plants if not totally eliminate them. When you bought your greens from a non-organic market before you prepare it for eating, soak and wash them on water mixed with any of the following; baking soda, salt(table salt, rock salt, Himalayan salt, etc), vinegar(white or apple cider vinegar). Soak the vegetables between 20 to 30 minutes and wash them thoroughly with fresh and clean water.
Then, it’s ready for consumption.
A high fiber diet with oatmeal is good for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. However, it’s not just oatmeal that contains high fiber, but the green leafy vegetables, as well. So, if you don’t like oatmeal, go for green leafy veggies mentioned earlier. In fact, it’s a lot better to pack yourself with green veggies, and make oatmeal as your add-on. A high-fiber content diet wipes away the bad cholesterol from the gut. Think of it like a cleaning brush that wipes away those hard to remove deposits of bad cholesterol accumulated along the gut due to unhealthy eating.
Another benefit of a high-fiber diet is it prevents constipation due to taking medications and unhealthy foods consumption. If you noticed you’re often constipated, eat a high fiber diet with oatmeal, or green leafy veggies and you’ll find the next time you go to the bathroom, it’s a lot easier and feels good as everything is flush out so easily. Oatmeal taste bland, there’s no doubt about it, but before you scoop a spoonful of sugar or artificial sweetener, know that sugar is not healthy. Instead, go for some fruit to sweeten the oatmeal and make it taste a lot better. Fruits like bananas and berries are suitable partners for oatmeal.
Potatoes are another naturally rich in potassium, which is…as mentioned, potassium is a heart-friendly mineral. Another mineral that potatoes have is magnesium, which is a very important mineral as it helps the processing of many other minerals in the body making sure they’re properly allocated and converted for the body’s need. The best way to prepare and consume potato naturally is to bake it, and a little rock salt or Himalayan salt is not bad to sprinkle for taste purposes, but make sure not to overdo it.
Another way to flavor baked potatoes is spread an unsalted(grass-fed) butter on it. Don’t worry about butter as saturated fat because recent studies and many experts agree that a good source of saturated fats like grass-fed butter, lard, and coconut oil are healthy.
That’s it! Hopefully, this short list of blood pressure friendly foods may able to help you maintain a good blood pressure level. However, note that, in order to fully maximize the benefits of these foods, you have to engage yourself in a healthy lifestyle by eating other healthy foods along with these foods, do regular exercise even just by walking regularly can have tremendous positive effect on your overall health, and of course try to engage in relaxing activities like short meditation, and yoga.
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