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Best Foods To Reduce High Blood Pressure
A few things to...: Keeping ideal body weight, eat healthy/no added salt, aerobic exercise regularly 4-5x/wk, reduce daily stresses, sleep well, and don't smoke etc. These are so called modifiable risk factor--you can't change genetic. Look up the dash-diet regimen (google it). Treat medical condition (chol, diabetes etc) well. If these fail to adequately lower your BP to less than 140/90, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
Simple is better: Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, and less salt. The more processed the food is, the more likelihood is that it will contain salt and other preservatives that may adversely affect bp. Also, increasing exercise and weight loss help. If there is any question of sleep apnea, get tested. That, too, can increase bp. ...Read more
Is it normal to always have a consistent high blood pressure? What the cause? And what is the best practice to reduce it. Thanks
Diet and Hi BP: The optimal diet for Hi BP is called the DASH diet; it is low salt, low refined carb and low sugar, low bread, low pasta, no fried food, low saturated fats; but fruit and veggies and whole grains dominate; for protein, use egg white, fish, very lean poultry, no skin; modest portions; only supplement I recommend is omega 3; aim for ideal weight; exercise twice daily; don't smoke; ...Read more
What is the best time to take the medication for high blood pressure? Morning or evening? After food or before food?
BP medication: Very good question. Data show that taking BP meds in the evening after food is best. Many BP pills though are not 24 hour pills. Amlodipine is about 18 hours duration. Taking it in the evening is best. ...Read more
I have high blood pressure. I understand that I have to reduce salt. Are there other food or veritable that I can be taking to reduce salt in the body?
Food for HTN: Great question: low salt, low saturated fat, low cholesterol, 8 servings of colored fruit and vegetables daily, pomegranates, tomato, kiwi, spinach, kale, low animal protein (4 - 5 oz per day of meat, fish, poultry only). Don't smoke. Drink 3 liters fluid per day. Minimize caffeine. Look up DASH Diet. ...Read more
Lifestyle, then meds: Therapeutic lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise, sodium restriction (see dash diet) are first, but looking for adverse effects of medications, kidney or hormonal issues, or blood vessel blockages to the kidneys may be culprits as well. If the blood pressure is still elevated and confirmed by home or ambulatory monitoring, then medications (often several in lower doses) may be indicated. ...Read more
DASH diet: I suggest regular exercises, weight management, and dash diet, which in a nutshell is 1) eat foods rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, lean meats, poultry and low-fat dairy foods, 2) cut back on foods that are high in sodium (<1, 500 milligrams a day or about 2/3 teaspoon of table salt), saturated/trans fat and cholesterol. ...Read more
Try lifestyle changes first:
- don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
- lose weight if you're overweight.
- exercise regularly.
- eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat.
- limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake.
- try relaxation techniques or biofeedback. ...Read more
LOW SODIUM: The cornerstone of dietary management is to limit your daily sodium intake to 2000 mg. The key is to look out for high-sodium foods. For example, a fast food burger and fries can easily have over 2000mg of sodium, and that's just one meal! A specific diet that is available online is the DASH diet. Tried and true, very effective. ...Read more
Sometimes: The dash diet (google it) (it should be a lifestyle, not a diet, because diets are temporary) may reduce BP by 5-8 mm hg (points). Some drastic improvements in lifestyle (dash, wt loss, quit alcohol) may make meds unnecessary, but in some patients, BP will require medicine to get to safe level even with a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more
Reduce salt intake: I.E. Eliminate as much salt as u can from youe diet. Most fast foods, all prepared frozen meals, cans or packets of soup, instant noodles, soy sauce etc., all have high salt content for taste. Start checking all foods for salt content. Try & avoid stress. In spite of this you may require a simple inexpensive medication with few side effects such as hydrochlorthiazide. ...Read more
Abfew: A few things you can do: exercise-aerobic exercise everyday 30-60 minutes has an equivalent effect of taking one type of BP pill. Day. Next, proper eating habits-cut sodium intake dramatically by avoiding table salt AND becoming a label reader and avoiding foods that are rich in salt. Watch out for processed foods-fresh or frozen tend to avoid these salt rich foods. Last, meditation 30-60 min day ...Read more
Exercise: Exercise and weight loss will almost always help. Otherwise you will need medicaiton. ...Read more
See DASH diet: Fruits and vegetables are healthy for a variety of reasons and most people need to increase the amounts they eat. I am not aware of specific fruits or vegetables that have more effects on blood pressure. Low sodium and high potassium (high in fruits and vegetables) diet can help BP. The DASH diet (available with simple search on Google) is specific diet proven to lower BP. Best with low salt diet ...Read more
Can anything be done to reduce high blood pressure, 139/100, and should I be concerned? It has been higher (169/140), but she has been resting in bed
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more