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Food Pyramid For 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid carbs, salt: You may want to avoid any food with significant salt. Otherwise, any diet you follow resulting in significant weight loss will lower your blood pressure toward healthier levels. Its lees important what you eat and more important that you eat less of it. Avoid carbohydrates as much as possible. Eating regularly, one can never become carb deficient. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On high blood pressure, are there other foods that can cause blood pressure spikes like starches or grains?
Dr said I have high blood pressure and I must avoid salt in foods. Besides this, what can I add to my diet to control my blood pressure?
Insuff Info: Many people have high BP when seeing doctor. U R 27, kind of young for Hypertension. How much salt do U take in, what do U eat that is salty? Are UR Kidneys, electrolytes normal. What kind of Doctor was He/She. In any case you usually dont add to diet to lower BP, you remove from diet. I need you to rephrase the question before I can answert. What is it that you R eating that may have too much s ...Read more
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 - ...Read more
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