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Diet For High Blood Pressure:
What You Should be Eating

A diet for high blood pressure does not need to be limiting. It doesn't have to be tasteless either. However, it's an effective way to safely lower your high blood pressure and improve your overall health.

Your doctor may recommend specific modifications to your diet, which will improve any immediate health risks. However, by changing your diet to a heart healthy one, you'll improve your overall health, too.

A good diet for those with high blood pressure should include:

  • Eating more vegetables, including a larger array of colors.

  • Incorporating more fruits in your diet and using them to replace unhealthy sweets.

  • Switching to low fat dairy foods, or adding these to your diet.

  • Eating whole grains rather than white foods, such as whole grain pastas, breads and rice.

  • Eating leaner meats including fish.

It's very important to improve your high blood pressure diet through incorporating more balance in it. Look for foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium for the best overall results.

If your doctor believes that losing weight will improve your hypertension, smaller portions and a reduction in calories may also be part of this diet.

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What To Cut Out Of Your Diet For High Blood Pressure

As part of any healthy diet, there are some foods you should steer clear of. This is true of a high blood pressure diet, too. Avoid eating red meat often. Cut down or eliminate foods that are sugary, including pastries, candy and junk food.

You should also reduce or remove foods that are high in saturated fat or total fat. Cut out foods high in cholesterol since this is one of the leading causes of hypertension.

Improving Your Diet

Perhaps the best way to improve your health is by improving your diet. Specifically, you should invest time in reading food labels and learning about the calories you're taking in. A good high blood pressure diet will help to lower your numbers significantly with or without the help of medication.

While you should never stop taking medications your doctor has given to you, consider how changing your diet could help improve your health to the point where you don't need them.

A diet for high blood pressure needs to address what foods you're currently eating that you shouldn't be, and it needs to incorporate those foods that add valuable nutrients to your body instead.

Your Lifestyle Diet For High Blood Pressure

What lifestyle have you adopted since you were diagnosed with high blood pressure? Are you feeling satisfied and are there any weight loss?

Share your secrets on the diet that has reversed or complement your high blood pressure treatment. And how long have you maintained this way of eating?

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