How To Manage High Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that high intake of vegetables and fruit reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease with demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects due to the group of phytonutrients called anthocyanins. You can find a list of 10 proven foods that reduce blood pressure here.
1. Lower your salt intake. A 2012 study concluded:
“Dietary salt intake reduction can delay or prevent the incidence of antihypertensive therapy, can facilitate blood pressure reduction in hypertensive patients receiving medical therapy, and may represent a simple cost-saving mediator to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
There are other flavorings you can use instead of salt that have real health benefits, like turmeric and nutritional yeast (which adds a nice cheesy flavor, too).
2. Exercise can’t be stressed enough. A 2007 study declared: “Exercise is a cornerstone therapy for the prevention, treatment and control of hypertension
3. Avoid foods that exacerbate hypertension, like processed meats, ramen noodles, alcohol, and anything with high sodium content.
Go with the flow.
Below is a recipe for hypertension tea that is delicious and will provide nutrients to reduce blood pressure.
Celery contains phthalides, phytonutrients that act to reduce constriction in artery walls, allowing increased blood flow.
Red dates contain high levels of potassium, a nutrient known to lessen the effects of sodium in the bloodstream, thereby reducing blood pressure.
- 2 quarts water
- 7 ounces of organic celery
- 2 ounces red dates
- Wash and clean celery and red dates.
- Cut celery into small sections.
- Put all ingredients in a soup pot and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the chunks from the liquid.
- Drink the tea as often as possible.