3 Vegetables That Lower High Blood Pressure
by Casey Yew
home, you can do that too. A reading below 120/80 is considered the normal blood
pressure.  Once your blood pressure hovers over the 120/80-139/89 level, then you
have what is called prehypertension. You don't have hypertension yet, but unless you
take steps to lower it, then your chances of having it will increase in the future.

Finally, if you reach the 140/90 level and above, then you already have hypertension.
You should now take serious steps to normalize it. Otherwise, you run the risk of
suffering from heart diseases and stroke, as we mentioned earlier.

How Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Changing your diet is one of the first steps you should take to lower your blood
pressure. This is especially the case if you are accustomed to eating foods that are
high in fat and cholesterol since these two things contribute a lot to having
hypertension.

There's a diet plan called DASH which stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension". This diet plan involves eating foods that are low in saturated and total
fat, and cholesterol. Also, people under this plan are required to eat whole grains,
fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables, among other healthy foods.

Eating Fruits and Vegetables to Combat Hypertension

Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the most effective ways of dealing with
hypertension. Why? Because these foods are effective in flushing cholesterol out of
your system. Aside from that, they do not contain cholesterol. Thus, you don't add
more cholesterol to your body when you eat fruits and vegetables.

Vegetables that are Effective Vs. Hypertension

If you're looking for vegetables that should be a part of your diet, then refer to the
list below.

1. Spinach - this green leafy vegetable is a rich source of fiber which helps flush out
cholesterol from your blood stream. High cholesterol levels contribute to
hypertension because it clogs your arteries, making your heart work harder to pump
more blood through these narrow arteries.
2. Sweet potatoes - are also a good source of fiber so always have them on your
menu to counter hypertension.
3. Tomatoes - are rich in potassium. Although the relation between potassium and
lower blood pressure is only suggested and not completely established,
potassium-rich foods such as tomatoes are still widely considered to prevent
hypertension and stroke.

How You can Fight Hypertension Effectively

Of course, it isn't enough that you just eat healthy in the hopes that it will lower your
blood pressure. You should also combine it with regular exercise and healthy living to
maximize your chances of putting up a better fight against hypertension.


About The Author

Casey  Yew

Eat plenty and different variety from a
. Find out how to ensure their
freshness and wholesomeness, and how to use them to enhance the quality of food
at your table at
.  
When your doctor tells you that you
have a high blood pressure or
hypertension, it signals that your
health is at risk. Hypertension
exposes you to heart diseases and
stroke. These two belong to the top
three conditions that kill many
Americans annually.

How Do You Know That You Have
Hypertension?

A simple blood pressure test done by
a doctor or nurse will determine if
you have hypertension or not. Or if
you have a device to check it at
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