Blood pressure is a combination of systolic pressure as well as diastolic pressure and should normally be 120/80 with 120 being the systolic and 80 diastolic pressure. Anything above it would be considered high blood pressure.High blood pressure has become very common nowadays and most people resort to medications for the purpose of bringing their blood pressure down. However it is also possible to lower our blood pressure naturally with the help of diets.
It is important to know that our diet has a strong and direct impact on our blood pressure. Therefore we need to be careful about what we eat. It can be really hard to make the transition at first because your doctor may advise you to reduce the amount of salt and fat in your food while increasing the intake of foods that are plant-based and rich in magnesium and potassium. You might feel lost as you won’t know where to start and for this purpose certain diet plans have been made. These diet plans can guide us on which items we should include in our diet and which items we shouldn’t.
DASH diet is one of the most popular diet plans and includes eating more whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables while cutting back on sweets and food items that are high in salt and saturated fat. Another diet plan is known as nitrate rich diet and includes adding lettuce, spinach, beets, cabbage, parsley and celery in our diet. All of these natural nitrate food items can significantly reduce our blood pressure.
Posted by Kate Miller 8/6/15