Friday, June 22, 2012

Treating Food Like Medicine| High Blood Pressure

Hello Lovelies!

High blood pressure is so common.
I bet you can name some with high blood pressure right now. ( I know I can)
This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.
Being told that you have chronic high blood pressure does not necessarily mean that one must begin to take expensive pharmaceutical drugs.

Remember my blog post-'treating food like medicine?' Oh you do? Great. To reiterate, food has the potential to heal and nourish the human body.
I know we often sacrifice taste over health, but doing so all the time does come with its own set of problems (hence high blood pressure).

A healthy nutritious diet (preferably one that is mostly plant based), combined with regular exercise will lower a chronically high blood pressure.

Anyone with chronically high blood pressure who chooses to use food over expensive pharmaceutical drugs to aid in a lower blood pressure should consume an abundance of fruit and vegetables with every meal.
And I'm not talking about having an apple a day. That's not going to work. You can't do the same things and expect different results.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a diet low in fat and sodium or salt. Picture whole fruits that are in season. For example, cherries, melons, peaches are all in season right now (i.e. summer). Green leafy vegetables can be combined with those fruits for a highly nutritious and delicious salad. Think green smoothies and fruit and vegetable juices as part of a diet to help lower chronic high blood pressure!
High sodium feeds high blood pressure. To prevent the over consumption of salt in the diet, I personally all foods from my diet that you can get from a drive-through. When you cut out processed foods from your die to limit your salt intake, you're also eliminating excess saturated fat, trans fat, refined sugars and all the other 'junk.' 

All in all, make fruits and vegetables the foundation of your diet. Build your meals around fruits and vegetables, your body will thank you! I always look at the research and data and the research that has been done on a plant based diet when it comes to health is very compelling. Please do your own research as well.

 I hope this helps.
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