How big a role do dietary habits and lifestyle factors play?
According to Ayurveda, diet and lifestyle play a major role in maintaining a balanced blood pressure.
Eating healthy in Ayurveda means eating according to one’s body type and digestion. What’s best for one might not be so for another.
Reduce intake of salt and drink plenty of water and fluids.
Maintain weight according to the body type. A kapha body type tends to have a higher BMI, while a vata type tends have a lower BMI by nature.
Be physically active; but don’t overdo it. Exercise in the daytime and rest after sunset. Avoid unhealthy choices like smoking. Be happy and contented. In general, diet and exercise, particularly yoga and pranayama, are the best ways to lower high blood pressure. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. Eat less saturated fat and total fat. Consider supplements like cod liver oil, calcium, garlic, cocoa. If the patient is overweight, losing even 2-3kg can lower his/her blood pressure. Do physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.