Don’t let high blood pressure steal your life, or your lifestyle! Get hypertension under control with changes to your diet. What you put in your mouth has an extreme effect on your blood pressure, how you feel, how much energy you have, and your overall health.
When you make a concerted effort to change your diet you should see your blood pressure drop, your cholesterol levels improve, and maybe even a few pounds disappear.
Your Diet Controls Your Health
Use less salt and drink more water
Start reducing salt intake immediately, and get to a daily limit of 1500mg. You need salt, so be sure you don’t get radical and eliminate salt altogether, stay with 1500mg.
Your body needs a minimum of 8-8oz glasses of water every day. Replace sodas and other beverages with water. Drink 8oz of water immediately after getting up in the mornings, and immediately before going to bed.
Increase fruits and vegetables
Get away from fast foods and as much processed foods as possible. Eating vegetables and fruits everyday ensures you are getting the nutrients and fiber you need for your body to operate properly.
Eat more fiber
Fiber has a definite effect on lowering high blood pressure, and the lack of it causes diabetes and heart failure. Try eating a minimum of 15g of soluble fiber each day for best results.
By skipping meat you will cut out the fat, and naturally eat more vegetables and fruits. If you eat processed sandwich meats, you really need to try to eliminate those from your diet. They have far too much salt, and unhealthy chemicals added.
Sugar holds salt in your body which adds to your hypertension, and is poison to your overall health. Eating less sugar becomes easier as you learn to eat healthier in general.
Low potassium can have terrible effects on your body, and your blood pressure, so be sure you are getting at least 4,700mg a day. Do some research and see which foods are rich in potassium.
Be careful with alcohol. 1 drink a week for women, and 2 drinks a week for men can improve your blood pressure, and your health. At the same time excessive alcohol use is said to be the #2 cause of preventable death in the United States.
What you put in your mouth isn’t only to keep you from starving, but also for enjoyment, and that makes it difficult when faced with changing eating habits. But when you begin to have a mindset of health, instead of a mindset of old eating habits you will naturally regulate your health by regulating what you eat, and then eating takes on a new dimension.