High blood pressure also called hypertension, is a serious health challenge for the older population in Nigeria. It means the pressure in your arteries are above the normal range.
Some people are not mindful of the amount of sugar and salt they take in everyday. They may underestimate how much they eat and wonder why they can’t lose weight.
High blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.
Healthy Foods for High Blood Pressure Control
Foods high in potassium, magnesium and fibre may help control high blood pressure. Mostly, fruits and vegetables are rich source of potassium, magnesium and fibres and yet contain less sodium. Below are lists of food to try;
- Citrus fruits(oranges, grapes,tangerine)
- Water melon
- Garden egg
- Leafy greens
- Green pea
Meats And Fish
- Poultry meats
- Salmon and other fatty fishes
- Pumpkin seeds
Foods To Avoid Avoid High Blood Pressure
- Fried foods
- Fast food
- Fatty meats
- Salted snacks
- Butter and margarine
- Quite Smoking
What Is the DASH Diet?
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is an eating plan rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy. These foods are high in key nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium , fiber, and protein.
DASH diet can lower blood pressure because it has less salt and sugar than the typical American diet. The DASH diet cuts out desserts, sweetened beverages, fats, red meat, and processed meats.
Women who followed the DASH diet for several years reduced their risks of coronary artery disease and stroke.
What are 5 components of the DASH diet?
To start the DASH diet, follow these recommendations (based on 2,000 calories a day):
Grains: 7-8 daily servings (serving sizes: 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup cooked rice or pasta, 1 ounce dry cereal)
Vegetables: 4-5 daily servings (1 cup raw leafy greens, 1/2 cup cooked vegetable)
Fruits: 4-5 daily servings (1 medium fruit, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit, 1/4 cup dried fruit, 6 ounces fruit juice)
Low-fat or fat-free dairy products: 2-3 daily servings (8 ounces milk, 1 cup yogurt, 1.5 ounces cheese)
Lean meat, poultry, and fish: 2 or fewer servings a day (3 ounces cooked meat, poultry, or fish)
Nuts, seeds, and legumes: 4-5 servings per week (1/3 cup nuts, 2 tablespoons seeds, 1/2 cup cooked dry beans or peas)
Fats and oils : 2-3 daily servings (1 teaspoon vegetable oil or soft margarine, 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons light salad dressing)
Sweets: less than 5 servings per week. (1 tablespoon sugar, jelly, or jam)
Ask your doctor or a dietitian to help you start the DASH diet .
They can tell you how many calories you need each day to maintain or get to a healthy weight. And then they can help you plan meals with foods you enjoy that meet the DASH guidelines.
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