Hypertension Diet

Eating a healthy hypertension diet

Twenty five percent of Americans have hypertension and do not realize it, because high blood pressure produces no obvious symptoms.

Your blood pressure is created by your heart beating more than 100,000 times per day, each time pumping blood throughout your entire system.

The fewer obstacles it encounters along the way, the lower the blood pressure and the less chance of developing hypertension.

How do you know if you have hypertension

The terms high blood pressure and hypertension are used interchangeably by most people. If your blood pressure is over 130/80 (this is after more than one reading), then you have high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is a big risk factor for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, and dementia. 

Having a bad diet and lack of exercise, (even back during the Egyptian empire), could develop into hypertension and kill you at a young age. How do you know if that is true? Well, dissection of the Egyptian mummies by world renowned archeologists proved, sure enough, that hypertension was a major health problem way back then. 

As we have grown into a sedentary society the instances of this condition related to diet has grown to chronic stages.

A healthy hypertension diet consists of the following:

  • low salt useSalad and rice with meat

  • avoid unhealthy fats

  • more fruits and vegetables in your meals

  • avoid alcohol

  • stop smoking

  • positive attitude

Once your doctor has identified that you have hypertension, you should jointly set a realistic blood pressure goal. Then, purchase a home blood pressure monitor and chart your blood pressure on a hourly, daily, and weekly basis. You might be surprised at what you discover. Planning and sticking with a long term healthy diet to combat hypertension is critical to living a long life. This should include trying to avoid alcohol and cigarettes.

Man lifting weight

Along with a healthy hypertension diet, you should also develop some type of daily exercise plan that includes weight training and cardio workouts on alternate days. As your heart rate rises while you are exercising, just think of all the bad stuff that is being cleared out of you veins and vessels. 

The first item on your anti hypertension diet just might be maintaining a positive outlook on life no matter how bleak things might look right now. "A hundred smiles a day should keep hypertension away," or "the glass is never empty, always full." Experts agree we are just starting to fully appreciate the power of positive thinking in solving physical problems.

By making a few lifestyle changes in your diet and exercise routine, you can control your hypertension.


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