Hypertension is nothing but high blood pressure. Did you know that it kills 1938 people every year. To bring about more awareness and curb this problem May 17th is marked as World Hypertension Day.
All it takes is a couple of small changes in your lifestyle for you to keep blood pressure and in turn several other lifestyle diseases in check. This World Hypertension Day we tell you about a few things you should keep in mind so you don’t have to struggle with hypertension and the stress related with it anymore!
Weight – There is a strong relation between high blood pressure and obesity. Research says, the risk of developing hypertension is 2 – 6 times higher in people who are overweight as compared to those with the right body weight.
Avoid eating sodium rich foods – Sodium contributes effectively to increase in blood pressure. Foods which are rich in sodium include table salt, pickles, papads, farsans, refined and bakery products, cheese, ketchup, whole milk and canned foods etc. Reduced consumption of these foods decreases the amount of dietary sodium in your body, hence reducing blood pressure.
Eat right - Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy products and lean cuts of chicken and fish is great for people suffering from hypertension. A decrease in total saturated and trans-fatty acids in your diet can help in lowering blood pressure.
Exercise - Individuals who are less physically active are at a greater risk of developing hypertension than active people. So make sure you make a good work out a part of your daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the lift, go for morning jogs or work out in the gym – you need to sweat it out and get rid of the sodium in your body! It is essential to stay physically active and fit to keep blood pressure in control.
Potassium Rich foods – One of the best ways to keep blood sugar and thus hypertension in check is to eat foods that are rich in potassium. Not only does potassium reduce blood pressure it also helps reduce the chances of a stroke. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium. Strawberries, apricots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes are also good bets.
Avoid alcohol – Alcohol consumption can greatly affect your blood sugar levels. In moderation alcohol won’t cause much harm, but binge drinking will definitely cause your blood sugar levels to shoot up significantly. If you are a heavy drinker try to cut down first and then eventually stop. Incorporating these simple tips in your daily life, will rid you of any hypertension woes you might have. For some healthy tasty recipes using ingredients and cooking methods that will only do you good – browse through SanjeevKapoor.com
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