How big a role do di­etary habits and life­style fac­tors play?

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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.

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