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What to do if i have high blood pressure, should i eat salt free food?

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Dr. Matthew Ostrom
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Good start: that would be a great start, low salt diet, cut out alcohol, exercise, weight loss, all good lifestyle changes one can make prior to starting pharmacotherapy. Good luck.
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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46 years experience
High BP: Optimal Diet for hypertension is called the DASH diet. This is a salt free diet that is dominated by fruit, veggies, whole grains, very lean meats of modest portions, no saturated fat, fish, no fried foods, minimal sugar, minimal bread, minimal muffin, etc and minimal pasta. Fruit and veggies can help lower BP with magnesium and potassium. Achieve ideal weight; don't smoke; exercise twice daily;
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Dr. William Lages
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology 70 years experience
Actually,the DASH diet is not salt free_ it limits sodium to 1500mg a day, emphasizes vegetables,fruits and fat free or low fat dairy products, includes whole grains, fish,poultry,beans,seeds, nuts,vegetable oils and limits sweets, sugary beverages, red meats,low in saturated fats and transfats and rich in potassium, fiber and protein
Aug 30, 2014

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Can I still put salt on my food if I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure?

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Dr. Vance Harris
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Salt restriction.: Most doctors would recommend salt restriction as a way to help with blood pressure but in reality only one in 10 people will have a significant reduction in blood pressure with salt restriction. It is always worth a try though. Try no added salt to begin with. You can use about half the amount called for in recipes.
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In case of high blood pressure which food can eat?

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Restrict salt intake: The DASH diet recommend low salt (sodium restricted to 2000 mg/day) or approx 2 teaspoons of salt or less /day. Please be mindful of foods with hidden salt in them - cold cuts, cheese for instance. Avoid canned foods - typically preserved with salt or brine. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is ideal -
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Can spicy food cause high blood pressure?

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No, watch the salt: Many types of cuisine that are spicy are also very high in sodium. For most people, an occasional meal at an ethnic restaurant is not an issue. However, a diet that is consistently high in sodium may be a contributing factor to high blood pressure.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What food causes high blood pressure?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Many: A better answer is what foods can reverse high blood pressure. This includes the dash diet: fruits: 4-5 servings/day vegetables: 4-5 servings/day whole grains or fiber: 6-8 servings/day dairy (low fat): 2-3 serving/day meat (lean): 2 servings/day lower dietary sodium intake low fat (<6% of daily calories) low cholesterol intake (<150 mg/day) low sodium intake (<2.4 grams/day).
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What kind of food can lower high blood pressure?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
Food for HTN: Great question: optimal diet is DASH Diet: low salt, low saturated fat, low cholesterol, 8 servings of colored fruit and vegetables daily, pomegranates, tomato, kiwi, spinach, kale, whole grains and low animal protein (4 - 5 oz per day of very lean meat, fish, poultry only). Don't smoke. Drink 3 liters fluid per day. Minimize caffeine. Look up DASH Diet.
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