Good nutrition does not only provide you with energy to do your work, but helps to reduce the risk of several diseases. Do you know your diet influences your blood pressure--- what you eat can increase or help to reduce your BP?
In addition your eating habits influence your weight--if you are overweight or obese---weight loss can help you to lower your blood pressure. Studies have shown that high blood pressure is more common in obese or overweight individuals.
Simple dietary changes can a go a long way in reducing your blood pressure -- a proven risk for heart disease.
Diet is known to influence your blood pressure---but the most important factor in your diet that influences blood pressure is salt. Decreasing salt in the diet can help to reduce blood pressure---studies have shown that the less sodium you eat, the better it is for your blood pressure control.
Salt reduction in diet is recommended along with blood pressure medications.
Other factors in your diet that may influence blood pressure include potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
You can reduce your salt or sodium intake by:
The DASH diet or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is recommended to control blood pressure in people with hypertension. Research has shown that following DASH diet can help to reduce blood pressure.
In the DASH diet ---dietary sodium intake is reduced to less than 100 mmol per day (that is 2.4 g sodium or 6 g sodium chloride).
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension include:
Research has shown that following DASH diet can help to reduce blood pressure. Dietary sodium reduction can help to reduce systolic blood pressure by 2–8 mmHg according to the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee after just a few weeks.
In the DASH-Sodium diet-- sodium (salt) is reduced in the diet to 1,500 mg in a day (about 2/3 teaspoon). This diet has also been observed to significantly reduce blood pressure and results in even greater blood-pressure-lowering benefits.
Experts recommend that adults should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day.
The DASH diet recommends certain dietary changes and including certain number of servings daily from major food groups. The number of servings that you need depends on your calorie requirement. Experts recommend gradual changes in diet. Like decrease the salt in your diet to 2,400 milligrams per day (about 1 teaspoon). After you get used to it you can further lower your salt intake to 1,500 mg per day (about 2/3 te...