(ORDO NEWS) — High blood pressure is the cause of many chronic diseases. However, if you change some of your eating habits and adjust your lifestyle, you can prevent hypertension.
This is reported by the British medical journal Bestpractice.
The magazine recommends learning and sticking to the DASH diet. And the rules are very simple and have been proven in the experience of thousands of people around the world. First, you need to eat more vegetables and fruits. If you think that such a diet is too expensive, just try to consume seasonal fruits in your area.
It is also recommended to replace white rice with brown and regular bread with whole grain bread. White meat and fish are healthier than red meat. Control your salt intake and eat less saturated fat. By the way, it will not be superfluous to give up sugary drinks, juices and pastries.
If you want to lower your blood pressure, eat foods fortified with potassium. Potassium removes sodium from the body. Its excess leads to high blood pressure. Salt retains water in the body. Because of this, the heart begins to work in an increased mode (from the explanations of Harvard Health). Potassium also relieves stress from the walls of blood vessels.
Therefore, if you suffer from hypertension, include bananas, melons, grapefruit, raisins and prunes in your diet. Of the vegetables, doctors recommend that you regularly eat broccoli, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, spinach.
This type of diet is not good for everyone. For those suffering from kidney failure, excessive potassium intake is harmful. And of course we shouldn’t forget about sports. Spend at least half an hour a day on cardio loads and you will soon notice the result of such efforts.
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