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Managing High Blood Pressure

by Alnwick Kajetan on October 13, 2010

Have you checked your blood pressure lately? If it's higher than the normal rate, then it's time for you to learn something about managing high blood pressure. According to statistics, about 33% of adult Americans have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Blood pressure is the key element that ensures the circulation of the blood through the body. The circulation then ensures that the other vital organs receive the food and oxygen they need for survival. The hearts main function is to beat, pumping blood into the arteries which creates the pressure in them.

According to experts, individuals who weigh 30% above their normal weight are more at risk of suffering from hypertension. However, just five to ten pounds of decline in your weight would have a significant effect on your blood pressure. It seems that your heart needs to pump more and work harder if you have more cells and tissues in your body. So if you lose a little weight, you are giving your heart a little break from hard work.

Generally, HBP is triggered by a constriction of the arteries instead of dilating. Artery constriction or narrowing can be caused by many factors but in almost all cases, cholesterol build up is the culprit behind the blocking of the blood passageways. The build up of cholesterol is due mainly to our excessive intake of saturated fats that can be found mainly on poultry products and red meats.

Carbohydrates should be the main source of energy. Your diet should include lemon, amla, apple, papaya, orange, watermelon, tomato and green vegetables. Apple has the tendency to increase frequency of urine, thus lowering blood pressure. Fresh fruits should be preferred over fresh juice of those fruits so that fiber is included in your diet.

To help control HBP, you should limit the amount of salt that you eat. This means choosing low-salt and "no added salt" foods and seasonings for the table and when cooking. The Nutrition Facts label on food packaging shows the amount of sodium in the item. You should eat no more than about 1 teaspoon of salt a day.

Losing just a little weight can help your blood pressure go down a noticeable amount. The more weight you manage to get rid of, the better you're going to feel and the more your high blood pressure will drop. Because it comes down to habit, your lifestyle changes must take into account those late-night snacks and extra helpings at mealtimes that may have become bad habits. Have a talk with your doctor about what your target weight should be to be healthy.

Nuts contain a variety of nutrients and vitamins that help lower blood pressure in addition to reducing your risk of diabetes. Go for Brazil Nuts, Walnuts and Almonds. Between them they contain, omega 3s, vitamin E, potassium and selenium.

If you have high blood pressure you should try to get at least thirty minutes of exercise every day to help lower your pressure and prolong your life. Your doctor can help you work out a safe and manageable exercise regimen for you to follow. Even just walking for exercise can have a major impact on improving your health.

In general, the American Heart Association has recommended that salt intake not exceed six grams a day. The average American diet consists of ten milligrams a day. When one goes on a whole food diet, such as the Red Yeast Rice Diet, then it can be very easy to cut down on salt intake.

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