Regulating Hypertension With Diet

Hypertension or High blood pressure is a modern age disease and is associated with increased stress, sleep deprivation, obesity, salty food, medicines (corticosteroids and contraceptives), smoking and increased consumption of alcohol and energy drinks. The cause of high blood pressure is unknown in more than 90% cases, while in less than a 10% the occurrence of the disease is considered as a result of other diseases, for example kidney disease, adrenal gland, heart defects, disorders of the thyroid gland. Hypertension is a disease that slowly progresses and usually there is no symptoms. In most cases it is discovered by chance during regular medical check. Sometimes some symptoms occur, like: headache, tinnitus and a feeling of pressure in the head. 


The best way to prevent and to slow down progression of the disease is moderate, healthy lifestyle - proper nutrition, proper physical activity, therapy, and regular medical check-ups scheduled with general practitioner and cardiologist. Proper diet should maintain optimal body weight and provide all the necessary nutrients in optimal amounts. The cholesterol intake should not exceed 300 mg and the intake of Omega 3 fatty acids should be increased. Regular blood pressure control can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage and atherosclerosis.
regulating hypertension with diet
5 Foods to Lower Blood Pressure

When you deal with a high blood pressure healthy diet is necessary. Reduce consumption of fat, salt, sugar and stimulants (coffee, strong tea, alcoholic beverages and smoking). Moderate coffee consumption doesn't cause high blood pressure, unless you drink a lot of coffee in combination with cigarettes. Alcoholic beverages, including even beer and wine affect high blood pressure, so it should not be used. Raw food diet is also very helpful because it is considered as a natural remedy for lowering the blood pressure. The intake of salt should be reduced to less than 2 g per day which will reduce the amount of water in the body, and thereby the bloodstream will be relieved. Even by reducing sodium intake lower blood pressure will be achieved. 

Use unsalted bread or reduce bread intake to up to 5 slices per day. Avoid canned meat and vegetables, cheeses and soups in a bag and spices with plenty of salt. Your diet should consist of various vegetables, without salting. Reduce milk usage to 1/4 liter per day, and don’t use butter, margarine or sour cream, if they are salted. Also try not to eat pickles and mustard.

Eat more foods that affect blood pressure reduction like: soybeans, buckwheat, oats and bran, fruits and vegetables with plenty of vegetable fibers. Lowering the pressure is particularly affected by garlic and onions, olive oil, peas, apples, green tea, fish (mackerel, herring, sardines, tuna, trout, sturgeon, anchovy, mullet, perch and carp and other fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids). Unpleasant smell of garlic can be overcome by eating fresh parsley. Fresh tomatoes or tomato juice also strikes down the blood pressure. Tea made from white mistletoe and hawthorn are traditionally used for lowering blood pressure and prevention of atherosclerosis.

By using celery, parsley and dill, which help to discharge fluid from the body, you will achieve a lower blood pressure. Other herbs that have diuretic properties are: dandelion tea, corn silk, birch leaf, horsetail, rabbit thorn, juniper. If you have swollen ankles and feet, drink tea made from dandelion leaf often in sufficient quantities to cause frequent urination. 

It is believed that selenium may be very beneficial for normal blood pressure, which can be found in wheat germ, organ meats, tuna, onions, tomatoes and broccoli. It is more useful to consume these foods, instead of buying expensive medications with selenium. Magnesium deficiency is also associated with high blood pressure, so it is recommended to increase intake of legumes, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and other foods rich in magnesium. It is known that potassium from food influence the decrease of pressure, while a modern food production doesn't use enough of this important mineral, instead the sodium salt is increasingly added to processed foods - despite harmful properties. Potassium can be found in potatoes, oranges, bananas, pumpkins, apricots, peaches, tomatoes, milk, plums, meat and liver, sardines, celery and others. It is recommended to drink 2-3 dl of orange juice a day and eat salad made of fresh vegetables daily, including tomatoes and lettuce, as well as an apple or two a day.
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