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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lowering Blood Pressure With Food

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If you have been told you have high blood pressure, you may want to consider using food to solve your problem. Prescription medication may help, but you might not want to deal with the side effects. Foods may help you without side effects.

Fresh vegetables are a good choice. Once you have been told you have high blood pressure, have a discussion with your doctor about dietary changes. Ask for a list of foods that will help you, and a list of foods to avoid. Also, do some research about the subject. With the internet available, there is no reason not to be informed.

Shop for fresh vegetables, considering only the ones you will actually eat. If they are going to sit on a kitchen counter to spoil, they can't help you! Celery is thought to be especially helpful. However, studies show that the more vegetables and fruits consumed by a person, the less likely blood pressure issues occur.

Shop for fresh fruits. If you can't find what you are looking for in the produce section, consider frozen. Try to eat fruit before each meal. Oranges, cantaloupes, strawberries and bananas are considered good choices. Yet, all fruits are good for you.

Substitute plain water for drinks that can contain a lot of salt and sugar. If you absolutely can't enjoy plain water, add some flavoring at home. Commercial products are not only expensive, these drinks often include chemical additives most of us can't even pronounce.

If you are not in the habit of eating fruits and vegetables daily, here is one way to start: Have a small amount of fresh fruit before breakfast and lunch. Have a small salad before dinner. As this becomes a habit, add more fruits and vegetables. As time passes, consider eating only fruit and vegetables 1 or 2 days each week.

Keep a close check on what you are putting into your body that could raise your blood pressure. Adding condiments that are full of salt can undo your efforts. Read labels.

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