High blood pressure? Try these foods
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When considering their salt intake, many people think of the salt they add at the dinner table, but the biggest contributor to sodium intake for people living in Western countries tends to be ‘‘hidden salt’’ in processed foods.
Salt isn’t ‘‘bad’’ – our body requires a certain amount of sodium to function properly – it’s just that when we replace real whole foods with processed foods, we can tip the balance of our electrolytes (including sodium, potassium and magnesium) in the wrong direction. Choose real whole foods. associated with elevated blood pressure. This is regardless of the type of alcohol. Commit to having no more than two standard drinks per day and at least two alcoholfree days per week, or better yet, save it to enjoy in moderation on special occasions only.
So by amping up your intake of plant foods, particularly plenty of vegetables, and avoiding processed foods and drinks, the balance of nutrients that you consume will better support your body to regulate your blood pressure.
High blood pressure can also be a result of stress, so addressing sources of stress and including stress reduction practices can also be important. Incorporating more movement into your day is also very beneficial for blood pressure.
Increasing potassium intake from foods like bananas has been shown to reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension.