A balanced diet and correctly composed meals are half of the success if we want to be healthy and feel good. There is a saying that you are what you eat..
The mechanism is perhaps not quite so simple. Our health is also influenced by genes, stress, natural predispositions and previous diseases. However, there is no doubt that diet has a huge impact on our health and well-being. There are many studies and research on this subject. One of them is a book by Karolina and Maciej Szaciłło entitled “Eating that Heals”. one of them is a book by Karolina and Maciej Szaciłło titled “Eating that heals”.
Diet and the foods we eat have a particular influence on such conditions as diabetes, thyroid disease, allergies, and hypertension. Which products are effective in lowering blood pressure? We suggest!
Hypertension, why is it dangerous?
Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. Hypertension is indicated when, measured twice (on different days), blood pressure is higher than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg. Arterial hypertension is one of the diseases of civilization. It belongs to one of the most frequent causes of death among people all over the world. Hypertension also results in cardiovascular diseases, among them: heart attacks, strokes, heart and kidney failure.
Treatment of hypertension
In addition to pharmacological treatment, implemented by a doctor, it is necessary to make significant changes in the life of the patient. First of all, it is necessary to return to a normal weight (fight obesity), avoid stress, engage in physical activity and stop using stimulants (cigarettes, alcohol). It is also crucial to implement a proper diet and reduce salt intake. Reducing daily salt intake to 4-6 g can lower blood pressure by an average of 2-8 mm Hg.
Hypertension – Which foods to avoid?
With hypertension, diet is a key aspect. In addition to reducing your salt intake directly from the salt shaker, you should start paying attention to the composition of the foods you buy, especially ready meals and snacks. Very often they contain gigantic amounts of salt. Highly processed food, fast food, salty snacks and chips should be rejected.
Fatty cheeses (especially yellow and mould cheeses), fatty meats and cured meats, ready-made sauces and soups as well as concentrates are also undesirable. It is also necessary to give up sweets. In hypertension, it is advisable to limit the consumption of white bread, rice, pasta and other products made from wheat flour. A high intake of egg yolks and smoked fish is also not recommended.
What to eat to lower blood pressure?
The best diet to treat hypertension is a fruit and vegetable diet. You can also indulge in animal protein in the form of lean poultry meat, egg whites and fish. The ideal way to prepare food is by boiling, stewing and steaming. If possible, eat raw vegetables and fruit.
The foods that lower blood pressure include in particular: spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, beet, celery (celery and celery root), peppers, onions, garlic, radishes, green peas, Chinese cabbage and salads. Among the fruits stand out: cranberries, chokeberries and lemon.
In hypertension, it is worthwhile to naturally supplement vitamin C and potassium. Products containing large amounts of vitamin C are parsley, Brussels sprouts, peppers, gooseberries, apples, raspberries and strawberries. Bananas, tomatoes, apricots and plums (especially dried ones) as well as legumes are rich in potassium. Occasionally you can indulge in a piece of dark chocolate.
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