Diets for High Blood Pressure are a major factor in getting your blood pressure down to more normal levels. Most of the causes that trigger high blood pressure stem from poor diet. Also we should give more emphasis to how our body eliminates the waste products from our body both through the kidneys and the bowels.
Fiber plays an important role in preventing high blood pressure through proper waste management. Simply by adding more fiber to our diet can we improve our health conditions including reducing our blood pressure. Our body produces a lot of waste materials, too much sodium and glucose tend to overwork the kidneys.
High-fiber diets can help the digestive system by its inherent ability to bind other food, which then allows proper digestion to take place. A standard dietary guide for people weighing about 120 pounds is at least 25 grams of dietary fiber, while a person who weighs as much as 200 pounds should have at least 35 grams of dietary fiber. Hard or Insoluble fiber is usually found in wheat bran and is also known as the ?water carrier?. As a water carrier, this fiber controls the production of stool consistently and regularly. As this fiber passes through the intestinal tract, the water it carries help to dissolve unwanted and sometimes toxic wastes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you reduce high cholesterol naturally with diet and exercise?
I have been having tingling fingers, somewhat numb tongue, vertigo feeling and I am concerned that it may be high cholesterol . I have been tested in the past and my numbers have been right at border line. My blood sugars are fine and my blood pressure was fine this morning. Would anyone who has high cholesterol know if your symptoms are in the danger zone? Please advise. Thanks.
High cholesterol is technically not an ailment but a condition or rather an indicator that your body has too much fat in the blood. Definitely can be lowered with a healthy diet focusing on low fat, low cholesterol food (no red meat), high fiber and regular exercise. Before your doctor put you on any anti-cholesterol medication, try to cleanse your body with natural remedy like almond, oatmeal in which the soluble fiber does a great job to remove the cholesterol to your stool and out of your body. For a list of top natural remedy for high cholesterol, check out http://www.cureshare.com/view_condition.php?cond_id=22
How to lower blood pressure naturally?
I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!
I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx
what is the best way to reduce one's blood pressure?
i am hypertensive naturally, i got it from my dad. but recently i have been trying very hard to rduce my bp by.... eating no salt, regular exercises and cut off soda entirely from my diet... does anyone else know what i cand o
It sounds like you are doing just the right things! Don't worry!
Question for High Blood Pressure?
okay so i have high blood pressure, and am trying to reduce it naturally. I changed my diet and am now on a very low sodium diet. I'm also taking garlic pills, fish oil, and other heart supplements. Not to mention I'm also working out everyday running a mile in about 10 minutes or so (i was out of shape) and doing push ups and sit ups.
I've been doing this for about 3 days or so.
I know my bp isn't going to go down miraculously over night. But i'd like an idea of when I should start checking to see if im getting any progress in beating this thing.
Thank you very much :]
oh.. and my bp has ranged at about 140-149/70's
You should really consult your physician.
He could give you helpful ideas for lowering your blood pressure. And, if your blood pressure is unable to be controlled naturally, he can take the next step of prescribing you appropriate medications. You need to get that blood pressure under control, as it is a risk factor in many other medical conditions.
You shouldn't expect it to drop much faster than 10 points in 2 weeks of rigorous, fastidious diet and exercise. If you cheat and sneak some cupcakes, it could take even longer.
Can high blood pressure affect mental clarity?
Recently I went to a doctor to prescribe ADD or ADHD medication for me, as I took these meds back in college (5-6 years ago) under the supervision of my doctor then who I had seen for the same reason.
The doctor I saw said my blood pressure was too high for his comfort level to prescribe me any standard ADD meds, so he instead prescribed me some medication (lisinopril) for high blood pressure and suggested I lose some weight to help lower my blood pressure naturally so that I might be able to ultimately discontinue the use of the high blood pressure medication.
FYI I am 26, male, white/hispanic, am about 5'11", and weigh around 230lbs.
The following day, Tuesday, I began both taking the medication and limiting myself to roughly 1,700 calories a day to help guarantee some gradual weight loss. I've also started walking at least half a mile a day in addition to my normal amount of walking. I've also avoided caffeine for the most part since Monday.
It's now Friday afternoon. I've lost at least a pound or two. I'm not sure how high my blood pressure is but I'm sure it is likely lower... in addition to the drug I haven't been under any extra stress or doing anything that would heighten my blood pressure.
The remarkable thing is that for the last couple of days, I have noticed an obvious increase in my mental clarity. All the normal problems I've had lately such as difficulty concentrating and remembering, difficulty engaging at work... the very reasons I was seeing the doctor this week in the first place... they're very much reduced and I've found myself more engaged and able to concentrate in meetings, etc...
So... to recap, here's what I've changed since Monday evening:
1. I'm eating less, and more healthy (no eggs with sausage and gravy every morning, etc)
2. I'm drinking a lot more water... I didn't drink as much fluids before Monday.
3. My blood pressure is lower due to the lisinopril
4. I've slightly increased my exercise regimen
I've gone on diets before in the last year or two without regaining as much mental clarity as I have this week. Is it possible that the lessened blood pressure has helped as well? Is it possible that the drug itself is directly affecting my mental faculties?
Has anyone out there had a similar experience?
H20 is very important to flush all the systems of your body. High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, aneurism, etc. So, in answer to your question YES and NO. Lisinopril in itself will not lead to mental clarity. However, your awesome effort that you are putting forth is!
Drinking more water,exercise,getting more sleep, knowing you are doing a load of positives! GOOD ON YA!
KEPP up the amazing work!!!!!!
Legal advice and medical advice?
Why is it generally frowned upon for a non-attorney to provide legal advice, and a non-physician to provide medical advice?
For example, if someone asks a specific question of "Can the police search your vehicle without probable cause?" And a non-attorney says "No, it would be a violation of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution." followed by citing the Amendment.
Or if an individual asks how they can naturally reduce their blood pressure, and a non-physician tells them that they should diet correctly, exercise and even take nutritional supplements.
The problem lies in that many people don't even know what constitutes probable cause as per your example. Generally though, legal advice is easier because it can be specific to the situation rather than involving your body chemistry and past medical history, as medical advice might need to know to be relevant and accurate.
What is the best diet for increasing my energy level throughout the day?
I'm trying to combat fatigue during the day without resorting to caffeinated beverages or prescription pills. Obviously, a healthy amount of sleep every night is necessary. Fine, but I'm mainly wondering what I can do on the dieting side.
What should I cut or reduce from my diet to increase my energy levels during the day?
I'm not trying to lose weight, gain weight, reduce high blood pressure, or anything else health conscious. I just care about increasing energy levels without caffeine or amphetamines.
I heard no sugar that doesn't occur naturally like in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Okay, so I won't consume cereals, cookie, candy, ice cream, and soda. What else? What about soy milk? Is soy itself bad? Do artificial sweeteners (i.e. diet sodas) also count?
I also heard to avoid wheat. I don't get that one. Wrong type of carbs? What kinds of carbs should I be eating, and what types of grains are good for that? How much worse is jasmine/rose rice than brown rice? What about couscous and pasta? Are there any types of breads I can eat?
I know to avoid dark or red meat, too, but am also not sure why. Is if fat/cholesterol content? Do I need to be watching fat intake?
What about sodium? That seems a little unavoidable, isn't it? How much should I reduce, or do I need to worry about it at all?
If you can answer even one of these questions, I'd be grateful. Also, please keep in mind that I'm barely making more than what I was on unemployment, so, although I'd love to keep my fridge full of fresh salmon, I need a more budget-conscious approach.
Thanks in advance!
Eat small meals every 2-3 hours. Protein and carb combo. Steady blood sugar = steady energy! Try it- you'll be amazed!
Lowering My Cholesterol Naturally?
I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.
Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)
Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)
That being said, I'm in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.
Blood pressure: Consistantly at 120/65
I'm a 20 year old female. For exercise I just started running/walking until I can distance run, also do sit ups. Non-smoker, I don't drink, and I don't use drugs.
No beer, I don't drink. Sex, I already do it more than 3 times a week with my husband, and chocolate I don't eat by choice because I don't enjoy it :p sorry. I need to try the oatmeal I guess
If you want to lower your Cholesterol naturally just eat
a bowl of cooked oatmeal, one bowl in the morning and
one in the evening.
Not the instant stuff that you make with boiling water.
It really does work.
I hope that this helps
hi, 3 weeks ago i went to the doc. for a check up. ?
when he took my blood pressure he said it was a bit high 138/100. he said to do a low sodium diet for 3 weeks after i did that or at least i only added a little bit salt, when i had to do a physical for a job the nurse said it was still high. i have 3 small kids and i don't really get much sleep. i did research on the internet and it said that not sleeping enough can increase blood pressure. is this true ? does a no salt menu reduces blood pressure since most foods naturally contain salt? how can i reduce it naturally without the drugs ?any ideas ? please share. thank you soo much.
eating more potassium like bananas help counteract the effects of sodium also start exercising daily
Im 16 and weigh almost 17 stone, Please help me diet!?
Hello, I am 16 years old and live an unhealthy lifestyle, I only exercise in the walking distance from my classes and I rarely go out other than getting drunk on occasional weekends with buddies. I am naturally broad shouldered I have big bones however this is no excuse. I am fat. I have a double chin which is beginning to get bigger and quite honestly I hate not being able to take my top of in public! I can't go to the gym because my mum has high blood pressure and cant go with me I am looking for a diet that will make me lose weight and keep it off I love water and I am definitely thinking about power dieting. My family are all big, whether it's a metabolism gene or just eating habits we are all fat it's the way we are. I really need your help on this! Thanks for reading! More info on my lifestyle that may help is: my blood pressure is: 184 over 107 and I got p 85 bearing in mind I just went up and down the stairs to get the reader and i'm nervous. Please help me! I want a method that will especially reduce my chin size it's about a centimeter or three from being ok
PS: My family all have high blood pressure, no other conditions apart from a grandpa with diabetes I think
I just took another blood pressure reading and got 172 over 100 with P 89 that should be better as I was more relaxed. I tookt his reading while sitting upright with my arm above my chest, Please help me! I prefer less food rather than more exercize as I am embarrased to go out I prefer less food and maybe 10 situps a day or 50 or whatever you like.
First of all, I know how you feel. I have been overweight (even obese) my entire life (literally, since I was 2) and all my family is the same. I'm not sure that it's a gene so much as it is habits. Any time my family gathers together, there is SO MUCH FOOD. And it isnt just one meal.... we continually stuff our faces, as there are always cakes and dips and other munchies sitting around. You grow up watching this and learning that this the way it is supposed to be.... not only that, but you learn to associate food, especially high fat, high sugar food, with being happy and comfortable (since you are around family when you eat the most), so anytime you are unhappy or uncomfortable, the first response is to eat. But, like you, I decided I had to do something about it.
For your diet, portion control is one of the biggest things. Think of all the "naturally skinny" people you know. You probably see them eating the same things you do. The difference is that they dont eat as much. Dont cut out any one food group (this is where most people try to convince you that carbs are the devil). If you do, you wont stick with it and as soon as you eat normally again, you'll gain the weight back. You can eat a lot of the same things you already do, just try to find the lower calorie options. Examples include low fat sour cream, skinless chicken, and extra lean mince beef. Measure/weigh everything you eat to make sure you're getting the right serving. Another thing is to make things at home. I love curry. But instead of getting the huge, greasy ones from the take away, I make it at home. I also love Chinese food. I buy the Uncle Ben's sweet & sour sauce and a pack of ready made spring rolls (only eat 1 though!) and have a nice Chinese meal. I know this is a bit detailed, I just want you to understand that drastic changes and eating bland, nasty food is unnecessary. You can eat things you enjoy (including a cheat day once in a while) and still lose weight, just be smart about it.
As far as exercise, try to make little changes whenever possible. When I first started losing weight, the only change I made in activity was to walk to the store every day instead of taking the bus. It was quite a long little walk (a mile there, a mile back) but it was completely free. Offer to go for your mom every day... it'll take one extra stress from her and will allow you to get exercise and plan your meals every day. Aside from that, make any other little changes that you can, like taking the stairs instead of the lift. If you are super motivated, get a workout DVD (I used the Biggest Loser New Year New You). It combines weights and cardio and allows you to build over time, or have a short workout if you dont have much time.
Losing weight isnt that complicated, especially in the beginning. It's more about determination in the early stages. Just remember that it takes time and every little change will have a positive impact.
Will eating bananas help with blasting sodium (salt) from my diet?
Bananas are the best kind of fruit known for being chock-full of potassium, which i think is essential for knocking all that sodium from our American diets? As humans, we need sodium too, but the foods that Americans eat contain way too much of it. The high-sodium content of our foods may be partly responsible for our high blood-pressures and high cholesterol-levels. So i wonder...will eating more bananas help at all in this regard? What other fruits contain (a lot of) potassium? Can they also be found in some vegetables?
I wonder if these will help in that regard also:
"How to make a cheeseburger:
1) Make hamburger-bun batter (don't forget to add salt!); transfer to salted baking-pans and bake. Top it off with sesame-seeds (naturally salty).
2) Spread mayonaise (eggs, oil, salt), ketchup (tomatoes, vinegar, salt), & mustard (mustard, salt) on buns.
3) Cook salted beef-patties on salted, greased-up griddle-pan.
4) Add lettuce (wash in salt-water first), tomatoes (salted, of course), and onions (awashed in salt to reduce acidity).
5) Add cheese (milk, salt) and pickles (cucumber, vinegar, salt).
6) Would you like fries (deep fried potatoes, salted the life out of) and Gatorade (electrolytes & salt) with that??
It's not just American diets that contain sodium it's any countries diet that has a high use of packaged foods as salt is used as a preservative resulting in the allowance of things to stay good longer. Sodium has no effect on cholesterol but does effect blood pressure. If you want to counter act the high sodium levels the best way to do it is to drink more water and eat more potassium as you will pee out the sodium and potassium when you drink more water. I cut and pasted a list of foods which contain higher levels of potassium below.
* citrus fruits
* soy products
* veggie burgers