Friday, November 12, 2010

#high blood pressure

Keeping your sodium intake less than 2,000 mg a day (= to about 1 tsp) can maintain normal blood pressures. Your body only needs about 1/4 of a teaspoon daily. Once your blood pressure exceeds 120/80, you are considered to be prehypertensive...time to take precaution!! So what can you do to lower your blood pressure?

- exercise more often
- limit your alcohol intake
- eat less canned/jarred foods, they contain preservatives = salt
- drink tea that contains flavenoids, this can relax the blood vessel wall and thin the blood to prevent clots
- eat more apples
- eat fresh berries, they are loaded with salicylic acid which is a heart disease fighter
- eat fish that contain omega 3 fats or flaxseed
- cut down on deli meat
- eat a grapefruit a day
- feast on potassium which can lower blood pressure, eat bananas, spinach, sweet potatoes, raisins, tomatoes, and papayas
- eat magnesium rich foods, like halibut, brown rice, chickpeas, and artichokes; all which lower the risk of heart disease
- use monounsaturated fats, like olive oil

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